LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The LA County Sheriff’s Department revealed Thursday that a deputy shot and wounded last month during the fatal takedown of a suspect in Compton was shot accidentally by his partner.
The shooting occurred on May 26, 2014 at 69th Way and Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach.
Investigators said that deputies confronted a male suspect in his twenties when a struggle ensued.
The suspect ran northbound from the initial location. Deputies said a second struggle occurred when they caught up to the suspect a second time. During the struggle, the man allegedly tried to take one of the deputy’s guns. This resulted in both deputies firing their weapons at the suspect, who, they said was also armed with his own hand gun. The suspect was struck by their gunfire and pronounced dead at the scene.
During the struggle, one of the deputies was shot once in torso. The deputy was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery. He is now recovering at home, according to the LASD.
A gun was recovered from the scene.
The deceased suspect has been identified as 23-year-old Noel Aguilar.
The case is under investigation.