By CBSLA Staff

WHITTIER (CBSLA) – A man was shot and wounded by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in Whittier early Wednesday morning.

Dec. 15, 2021. (CBSLA)

According to a report issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau, several SWAT deputies were on scene to execute what was labeled as a “high risk” search warrant.

The deputies reportedly made their presence known before forcefully entering the residence when no response was given.

The nature of the shooting was revealed in a statement from Sheriff’s Lieutenant Charles Calderaro, “When the deputies made entry into the residence, an individual produced a handgun, pointed it at the deputies and a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”

The suspect was taken to a hospital following the incident, and as of Wednesday afternoon he was in critical but stable condition.

The shooting occurred in the 12400 block of Shoemaker Avenue at 4:42 a.m.

Authorities also removed the handgun from the scene.

An investigation has been launched by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.