Sheriff’s Deputy Stabbed In East LA

EAST LOS ANGELES (CBS) — An off-duty deputy shot a man who allegedly stabbed one deputy and lunged at another in East Los Angeles Saturday, Sheriff’s said.

This after the suspect and two other men confronted the deputies about being in the area, a sheriff’s lieutenant said.

The stabbing and deputy-involved shooting occurred around 3:50 a.m. on East Third Street, said Lt. Kimberly Unland of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.

“Two off-duty deputies and two civilian friends were walking toward their vehicles in a parking lot when they were confronted by three suspects who demanded to know what the deputies and civilians were doing in the area,” Unland said.

The two groups argued and the deputies identified themselves, the lieutenant said.

Unland said the suspects, identified as 24-year-old Anthony Carlin, Michael Gomez, also 24, and 22-year-old Alexander Galarza, stopped arguing with the deputies and began walking away.

“At that time the deputies began walking toward their vehicles,” Unland said. “As one of the deputies neared his vehicle, he was suddenly re-approached by suspect Carlin, who without provocation produced a knife and stabbed the deputy in the abdomen.”

Unland said another deputy saw the stabbing, pulled out his service weapon and ordered Carlin to stop and drop to the ground.

“Suspect Carlin refused and lunged toward him with the knife still in his hand,” Unland said. “The deputy, fearing for his safety, fired one round from his duty weapon, striking suspect Carlin in the abdomen.”

The injured deputy was taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery. He is currently listed in stable condition.

Carlin also underwent surgery, Unland said. He is currently listed in stable condition. Upon his release from the hospital, Carlin will be arrested and booked for attempted murder of a police officer.

Unland said witnesses told investigators they heard a deputy identify himself and order Carlin to drop the knife. The witnesses also saw Carlin lunge toward that deputy with the knife in his hand.

A knife was recovered at the scene, Unland said.

Gomez and Galarza were both booked at East Los Angeles sheriff’s station for attempted murder of a police officer. They are each being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

There were no reports of any other injuries.

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