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Officials provide details in Laguna Niguel officer-involved shooting

September 25, 2013|By Ruben Vives and Joseph Serna

Authorities on Wednesday identified the suspect killed in an officer-involved shooting in Laguna Niguel, an incident that began when three people, including a sheriff's deputy, were stabbed.

The suspect, identified by authorities as Connor Bishop Zion, 21, of Laguna Niguel, was pronounced dead at the scene after stabbing an Orange County sheriff's deputy in both arms and then being shot by another deputy, officials said.

The shooting occurred about 7:30 p.m. in the 200 block of Chandon, where deputies had responded to a disturbance call about someone being stabbed with a knife, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene in a usually quiet area.

“We just heard some police come in with their tires screeching and everything, then we heard a little bit of yelling after that, and then a whole [magazine] go off of the bullets, one after another, nonstop,” resident Yobani Salas told KABC-TV.

Sheriff's Department officials said Zion attacked a deputy before he was shot and killed by another deputy.

The first deputy was stabbed in both arms and taken to a nearby hospital for serious, but not life-threatening injuries, according to a statement from the Sheriff's Department.

Also among the injured were Zion’s mother and roommate, who  taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of stab wounds, according to the statement. Their conditions were not immediately available. It's unclear what the motive was for those stabbings.

The Orange County district attorney’s office is conducting an investigation, as is the protocol in deputy-involved shootings.

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