CITY OF INDUSTRY (CBSLA) — Authorities say a man who had been shot by deputies is in custody Thursday after he ran into a 7-Eleven store attached to a gas station in the City of Industry and tried to take the female clerk hostage.
The shooting unfolded at about 3:20 a.m. in the 2600 block of Pellissier Place, at a Shell gas station with an attached 7-Eleven convenience store, where a sedan hopped a curb and plowed into gas station signs. A woman was seen jumping out and running, followed by a man who seemed to be chasing her.
Authorities say a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy happened to be in the store when he saw the two arguing, then spotted the man moving toward his patrol car.
When the deputy tried to intervene, the man allegedly charged him and authorities said the deputy thought the man was about to steal his patrol car. There was a struggle for the deputy’s gun, before he regained control of his weapon and opened fire on the man, according to investigators at the scene.
After being wounded, the man ran into the 7-Eleven and took a female worker hostage and pulled her into a bathroom, authorities said. Investigators say they talked the 31-year-old man into releasing her. He then surrendered and was taken to a hospital in unknown condition.
The gas station employee was not hurt.
But the investigation has taken a new turn. Detectives say they are now looking into whether the crime spree may have started even earlier, with a hit-and-run on the 605 Freeway just a few miles away.