LASD deputy hospitalized in patrol car crash, suspect shot in Bell Gardens

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was hospitalized and later released after a suspect rammed their vehicle their patrol car multiple times early Thursday morning in Bell Gardens, officials said.

Authorities said a deputy from the East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station observed a white SUV that was speeding and doing donuts at the intersection of Eastern and Florence avenues.

The deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop when investigators said the suspect intentionally plowed into the deputy’s patrol vehicle. The suspect then rammed into the patrol vehicle at least four times. By the third time, the deputy opens fire on the suspect.

Officials said even after the deputy-involved shooting, the suspect continued to back up, and slam into the patrol vehicle so hard, it pushed the vehicle against a light pole. 

The entire incident was recorded on video and shared with FOX 11. 

The suspect was detained and taken into custody. He was taken to an area hospital for gunshot wounds.

The deputy was also hospitalized for injuries sustained in the crash. 

The California Highway Patrol closed the off-ramps leading to eastbound Florence Avenue from the northbound and southbound 710 Freeway for hours during the initial stage of the investigation. 

According to officials, the deputy has since been released from the hospital, while the suspect was in surgery in an unknown condition.

The names of the deputy and the suspect have not been released.

The investigation is ongoing. 

City News Service contributed to this report.