Sheriff's Department Identifies Men Arrested in Deputy Shooting

Police had sought up to five people in the Friday night shooting in the Firestone Park area

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    A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy was shot and wounded in Florence on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.

    Three men arrested in the shooting of a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy were identified on Sunday as Michael Cones, 36, Joe Childs, 24, and Brendan Caveness, 24.

    Police had sought up to five people in the shooting, which took place Friday night on E. 81st Street near Parmelee Ave. in an unincorporated part of Los Angeles.

    Detectives said a gun battle broke out between gang enforcement deputies and up to four men 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.

    Sheriff's Deputy Shot in Florence

    [LA] Sheriff's Deputy Shot in Florence
    An LA County Sheriff's deputy on duty with a gang suppression unit was shot Friday night in Florence. Janet Kwak reports from Florence for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Nov. 15, 2012.

    The three men were being held on suspicion of attempted murder, with bail requested of $1 million each, the sheriff's department said Sunday.

    The sheriff's department did not release further details on the men or their alleged roles in the incident.

    The shooting Friday night 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.

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