New Details Released on Shooting Involving Feds and Sheriffs

Members of a multi-jurisdiction task force shot and killed a man who rammed a sheriff's deputy with a car during an investigation  in Studio City, authorities announced Friday.

The deputy-involved shooting outside a Chipotle Mexican Grill in the  12100 block of Ventura Boulevard, near Laurel Canyon Boulevard, occurred about  9 p.m. Thursday, according to broadcast reports and a sheriff's spokesman.

The shooting occurred during a ``High Intensity Drug Traffic Areas''  operation involving Drug Enforcement Administration agents.

``(One deputy) was attending a debriefing after serving a search  warrant,'' said Sgt. Diane Hecht of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.

``During  their discussion they saw a man looking into parked cars who appeared to be  casing the area to commit a crime.''

The law enforcement officials confronted the man and ``he immediately  became uncooperative and a struggle ensued,'' Hecht said. Another deputy  approached the scuffle, drew his weapon and ordered the suspect to the ground.

``A white sedan, driven by a second suspect, sped toward the group,  hitting the deputy,'' Hecht said.


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``The deputy was thrown into the air, landed  on the hood, hit the windshield, and was thrown back onto the ground.''

The deputy and a DEA agent then fired their weapons at the vehicle,  Hecht said.

``The car accelerated a short distance through the parking lot, crashing  into several parked cars,'' Hecht said.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

The deputy was treated at a hospital for severe bruising and abrasions  and was released.

The initial suspect, whose name was not released, is being held and  questioned by detectives. It was unknown whether the two suspects were  connected. 

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