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Suspect Shot by Sheriffs Deputies in East L.A.

Deputies wounded a man who fired on them during a vehicle chase in East Los Angeles, authorities said Wednesday.

Deputies who went to the 4200 block of Michigan Avenue around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday to investigate a report of an assault with a deadly weapon discovered that people had been shot at – but not hit – by a gunman who fled in a 2013 Mercedes-Benz, said Deputy Peter Gomez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.

They spotted the Mercedes, with two suspects inside, and attempted to pull it over, but the driver refused to stop and a chase ensued, eventually leading to the southbound Long Beach (710) Freeway, Gomez said.

The Mercedes exited the freeway at the Third Street offramp and struck a stop sign, and the passenger fired rounds from the car, drawing return fire, but no one was struck in that exchange, Gomez said.

The Mercedes then headed north on Humphreys Avenue, where it became disabled on a stretch of MTA rail tracks, he said.

The passenger, armed with a handgun, left the Mercedes, prompting a second deputy-involved shooting, Gomez said, adding that the man was struck in the upper body and hospitalized in stable condition. A weapon was recovered at the shooting scene and the driver was arrested, Gomez said.

No deputies were injured.