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ICYMI In Case You Missed: Sheriff Jim McDonnell briefing the media on the latest information available about the Deputy Involved shooting involving @EastLALASD Deputies.


CYMI In Case You Missed: Sheriff Jim McDonnell briefing the media on the latest information available about the Deputy Involved shooting involving @EastLALASD Deputies.

**Recorded LIVE*** LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell Provides a secondary update regarding the East La Deputy involved shooting at Salazar Park on Wednesday September 19th, 2018

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Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau Detectives are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding a deputy-involved shooting, which resulted in wounding of two deputies, the death of a male suspect, and the wounding of another male suspect. The incident occurred on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at approximately 6:20 p.m., at Salazar Park, East Los Angeles. 

Homicide detectives have learned, at approximately 6:17 p.m., the East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station received a call for service regarding an assault with a deadly weapon located around the 500 block of South of Bonnie Beach Place, in the unincorporated county area of East Los Angeles. One of the victims stated, the suspects, who were in a black BMW, confronted him and several other victims demanding to know what gang they were from. At this time the suspects brandished a firearm in a threating manner toward the direction of the victims. 

Deputies from East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station responded to the area and located the black BMW described in the call for service. Deputies followed the vehicle into Salazar Park where the vehicle abruptly stopped. 

The driver of exited the vehicle with a firearm and began shooting at the deputies. Deputies returned fire striking two of the suspects. During the exchange of gun fire, two deputies were also struck by gun fire, and seriously injured. 

There were three patrol vehicles involved in the incident. 

The first was a one-man car with a ride along who was a law enforcement technician participating in a ride-along. The second had two deputies in the vehicle and the third vehicle also contained two deputies. An LASD Airship was also flying overhead monitoring the situation as back up. 

The first deputy was shot in the upper chest area and was released from the hospital. 

The second deputy was shot in the jaw, he is listed in serious, but stable condition.

The suspects are identified as the following: 
Rene Herrera, 39 year old, male Hispanic was identified as the driver of the black BMW and the shooter. He is deceased, and a firearm was recovered from underneath his person at the scene of the shooting. 

Fernando Cruz, 18 year old, male Hispanic who was the passenger sustained several gunshot wounds. He was transported to the local hospital where he remains in critical condition. 

Hector Martinez, 18 year old, male Hispanic, ran from the vehicle right before the shooting occurred. He was arrested without incident and booked at East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station for Attempted Murder on a Police Officer. 

The driver, Rene Herrera, has an extensive criminal history and is a documented gang member from the area. 

The investigation is still on-going, and there is no further information at this time. 

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org