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Deputy Wounded In South El Monte Shooting

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EL MONTE (CBSLA.com) — A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy has been wounded in a shooting in South El Monte.

A news release by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the deputy-involved shooting occurred at Durfee Avenue and Peck Road just before 9 a.m. Sunday.

Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker said via Twitter that the Temple Station deputy was airlifted to a hospital with non life-threatening wounds. As of 2:10 p.m., Parker tweeted that the deputy was released from the hospital.

Two suspects were being sought in connection with the shooting. According to Parker, they may be traveling in a carjacked blue, 1996 Plymouth Voyager van with license plate 3PHK484. The two suspects were believed to have previously carjacked another vehicle. That car, was found abandoned in South Gate.

They are believed to be armed with a shotgun and should be considered dangerous.

Sunday evening, authorities identified their suspects.

The male was identified as Darnell Washington, 24, 6 feet, 2 inches and 197 pounds. The female was identified as Tania Washington, 25, 5 foot, 3 inches tall and 130 pounds.

Darnell Washington escaped from the San Bernardino County Jail on August 28, 2012 with the aid of his wife, according to officials.

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