Antonio Castelan, Khallid Shabazz
An L.A. County Sheriff's deputy is recovering as the search continues for four gang members involved in a street shootout with authorities. Four suspects are already in custody. Antonio Castelan reports from unincorporated Florence-Firestone for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Nov. 17, 2012.
Four people were in custody Saturday morning and deputies were seeking others in connection with the shooting of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy.
Details about the arrests were not immediately available and police said they were seeking other people in connection with the Friday night shooting of the deputy, who was not named, in the unincorporated Florence area, officials said.
Police sought up to five people in connection with the 9:30 p.m. shooting in the 1600 block of 87th Street.
Detectives said a gun battle broke out between gang enforcement deputies and up to four males that the officers were trying to contact.
A deputy who was on patrol was hit by a bullet in the abdomen and was take to a hospital where he was in stable condition, according to a sheriff's department spokeswoman. The deputy was a 15-year veteran of the department, spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said.
Four males were expected to be booked into custody on suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer. They were not immediately identified.
It was unknown whether the males in custody were the ones who fired weapons.
The shooting prompted officials to urge residents to stay in their homes with their doors and windows locked.
The deputy who was shot was working in uniform as part of the Operation Safe Streets Bureau, which works to suppress street gangs.
The OSS team operates a Gang Enforcement Team that provides uniformed personnel to work in neighborhoods with the most active or violent gangs, according to the Sheriff's Department website.
The Los Angeles Times wrote in May that seven deputies in the gang unit were put on leave after accusations came to light that they belonged to a secret deputy clique called the "Jump Out Boys," in which members had tattoos of skulls and guns, celebrating their shootings of gang members.