Suspect in critical condition after being shot by LASD deputies in Lancaster

A suspect who was shot by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies in Lancaster is in critical condition Thursday after he allegedly pointed a rifle at deputies prior to the shooting, authorities say.

The suspect was treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital where he was in critical condition.

Deputies responded at 9:32 p.m. Wednesday to the 500 block of West Avenue J-12 regarding a known criminal threats suspect who was seated in front of the victim's location, according to Deputy Tracy Koerner of the Sheriff's Information Bureau.

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When deputies attempted to contact the suspect they noticed that he was holding a rifle, Koerner said. He became uncooperative, barricaded himself inside the vehicle and deputies tried to negotiate his surrender for approximately an hour and a half.

During the negotiation, at approximately 11:10 p.m., the suspect allegedly pointed the rifle at the deputies who then opened fire on him, Koerner said.

No deputies were injured and a rifle was recovered at the scene.

Anyone with information about this shooting is encouraged to contact the sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online.

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