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Teen Held After Deputies Are Shot At

Residents of a Lynwood neighborhood are evacuated for several hours. About five shots are fired from an apartment building.

March 11, 2003|Monte Morin | Times Staff Writer

A teenager who allegedly fired repeatedly at sheriff's deputies from a Lynwood apartment complex Monday was arrested after a six-hour search and an evacuation of more than 100 neighborhood residents.

The shooting occurred while the officers were questioning a driver they had stopped for a traffic violation, authorities said.

At least two shots struck the driver's car, but no one was injured.

Using an armored car and a bus, officers evacuated the residents from the neighborhood. Because the location of the shooter was unknown, residents were not allowed to return to their homes for several hours.

Detectives said the three deputies from the Century Station, all riding bicycles, were questioning the motorist in the 3300 block of Alma Avenue about 4 p.m. Without warning, someone began shooting at them from a nearby apartment building, firing about five shots as the officers ran for cover, investigators said.

"It was obvious they were trying to hit the deputies," said sheriff's Capt. James Lopez.

Additional officers commandeered an armored car and a bus to take residents out of the area as the search continued for the shooter.

Many residents took refuge in a nearby restaurant, where deputies questioned them.

Deputies had singled the teenager out during the evacuation and questioned him for several hours before they made the arrest. They also recovered a handgun, they said.

The suspect, who is under 16, had not been identified.

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