By Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2021

NORWALK, Calif. (AP) - At least one sheriff’s deputy shot a suspected drunk driver Friday evening in Southern California during a foot pursuit, authorities said.

The man was taken to the hospital after the shooting, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. His condition was not immediately available. No deputies were hurt.

The shooting occurred shortly after 6 p.m. in the city of Norwalk, which is about 15 miles (24.14 kilometers) southeast of downtown Los Angeles. Sheriff’s deputies handle law enforcement for the city.

Deputy Eric Ortiz said deputies were responding to a potential drunk driver who was operating his vehicle recklessly. A foot pursuit ensued, during which the shooting occurred.

The sheriff’s department did not immediately provide additional information about the shooting, including how many deputies fired their weapons and how many times the man was shot.



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