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Sheriff's Deputy Wounded, Suspect Killed in Shootout

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Compton, CA - An LA County sheriff deputy remains hospitalized after a shoot out in Compton this morning. The officer, who is a seven year veteran, tried to stop a man in his twenties who was riding a bicycle on Long Beach blvd. The officer and his partner got in a struggle with the suspect, who got away. The deputies gave chase and actually caught up to him, but during another struggle, according to LASD Lt. Steve Jauch, "The suspect tried to grab the deputy's gun."

That's when residents heard several shots fired, saw the suspect slumped on the street, and the deputy bleeding. The officer was transported to St Francis with a wound to his stomach. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators say the young man had his own weapon, but were not sure which bullets ended up hitting the officer.

"He was a good friend" whispered a young man about the suspect, adding "He was turning his life around".  The area, which borders with North Long Beach, is known for gang activity.

The deputy was in surgery for several hours, but was listed in stable condition and expected to make it.  His partner received minor injuries, mostly scrapes and bruises.

The shooting is being investigated.

(FOX 11 / CNS) A sheriff's deputy was shot in the stomach, and a suspect was shot dead, as gunfire rang out in a Compton neighborhood today.

The deputy was undergoing surgery at an area hospital in the 11 a.m. hour and was expected to survive, said Dep. Peter Gomez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

No other persons were involved in the 9:45 a.m. gunplay, said sheriff's spokesman Dep. Tony Moore.

The shooting scene was apparently along a quarter mile of Long Beach Boulevard , between Caldwell Street in Compton and 69th Street in Long Beach.

A gun that had been in the suspect's possession was recovered at the scene, but additional details regarding the altercation with the deputy were not immediately available, Gomez said.

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