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L.A. County sheriff's deputies kill 2 men in separate incidents

One suspect allegedly pointed a gun at deputies in Lynwood. The other was slain in Carson.

August 09, 2009|Jia-Rui Chong and Paloma Esquivel

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies shot and killed two men this weekend in separate incidents, including one in which a man was slain when he pulled a gun on deputies who were trying to disperse partygoers Friday night at a Lynwood house.

In a separate incident, deputies shot a man behind a condominium complex Saturday in Carson.

A preliminary investigation into the first shooting indicates that Guillermo Saucedo, 23, of Cudahy died of multiple gunshot wounds, said county coroner's spokesman Lt. Joe Bale.

Deputies arrived at the house in the 12700 block of Waldorf Drive about 11:30 p.m. Friday.

They were ushering guests out when the suspect "made a furtive movement and began walking away from the deputies," the Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

As the deputies tried to catch up to Saucedo, he pulled out a handgun, the statement said.

"Considering there were numerous guests at the party, deputies did not fire at the suspect," the statement said. Instead, the deputies tried to grab the man's hands. During the brawl, the handgun fell to the ground, the department said.

The man recovered the gun and pointed it at the deputies, according to the statement. At that point, one or more deputies shot him.

Fewer details were available about the second incident, which occurred about 4 p.m. Saturday in an alley behind the Scottsdale Estates complex, said Sheriff's Sgt. Richard Pena.

Preliminary information suggests that a man was involved in a fight with two or three deputies. One deputy shot the man, who later died at the scene, sheriff's officials said.

The names of the deputies involved have not been released, and the victim's identity has not been confirmed, Pena said.

Investigations into both shootings involve the Sheriff's Department's homicide and internal affairs units, the district attorney's office and the county's Office of Independent Review, officials said.

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jia-rui.chong@latimes.com

paloma.esquivel@latimes.com

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