COMPTON ( — Authorities on Sunday continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding a deputy-involved shooting in Compton that left a suspected hit-and-run driver wounded.

The incident at North Long Beach Boulevard and Orchard Avenue occurred at 7:19 p.m. Saturday.

A news release by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says that deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop of a white pick-up truck they said fled a collision in the parking lot of a gas station.

A pursuit ensued but eventually ended with the suspect vehicle reportedly colliding into a tree.

According to deputies, the driver then fled on foot, running across lanes of traffic.

Deputies say they observed the suspect reach for his waistband, prompting one of them to open fire.

Officials said they did not recover a gun at the scene.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Kim Manatt told KNX 1070’s Karen Harlow the suspect was taken to an area hospital. He is expected to survive.

No deputies were injured.

The suspect vehicle was reported stolen on Friday, the statement said.


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