Two tagging suspects were arrested Monday after striking an East Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy with a car, which led to a deputy-involved shooting and a pursuit along freeways that ended in a crash on the Long Beach (710) Freeway in South Gate, authorities said.

No one was hit in the shooting.

It started at 2:08 a.m. when deputies conducted a vandalism investigation in the 1400 block of South Sydney Avenue in East Los Angeles, according to Deputy Tracy Koerner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Information Bureau. Deputies in a marked patrol car detained two men in their 20s fitting the description inside a blue Volkswagen.

“The deputies’ marked patrol car faced the suspect vehicle,” a sheriff’s department said. “The suspects, who drove towards the deputies, then struck the deputies’ driver side door, as the deputies exited the patrol car. The door struck a deputy and pinned him in the doorframe, at which time a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”

The deputy suffered non life-threatening injuries and was hospitalized for treatment, Koerner said.

The suspects then led deputies along the southbound Santa Ana (5) Freeway around Paramount Boulevard where they appeared to throw a firearm out a window, California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball said.

Other freeways involved in the pursuit included the westbound Glenn Anderson (105) Freeway and the northbound 710 Freeway, where the suspects crashed just north of Imperial Highway in South Gate and were arrested, Kimball said.

They were taken to an area hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries “consistent with a traffic collision,” the sheriff’s department said.

The CHP issued Sigalerts about 2:30 a.m. for the Nos. 1 and 2 lanes of the 710 Freeway just north of Imperial Highway for the crash investigation and for the southbound Santa Ana Freeway around Paramount Boulevard so deputies could search for the firearm.

On-ramps at Slauson Avenue and Paramount and Lakewood boulevards were also shut down. The Santa Ana Freeway was reopened at 5:42 a.m. but the Long Beach Freeway Sigalert remained.

The sheriff’s department asked anyone with information regarding the incident to call them at 323-890-5500.

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