Kidnap Suspect Wounded in Gunbattle With Deputies After Pursuit

Deputies on Friday shot and wounded a kidnap suspect in a gunbattle after a pursuit in South Los Angeles.

The gunbattle began at 5:25 p.m. in the 900 block of 43rd Street, authorities said.

The suspect got out of a white SUV at the end of a pursuit, fired a gun at deputies who returned fire, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida. He was hit at least once.

No deputies were hit.

The suspect was identified Saturday at 26-year-old Hector Javier Puga.

"(He was) waving his arms back and forth, then I don't know what happened 'cause I just run back, 'cause I thought he was gonna, like, shoot," witness Jorge Gonzales said. "These patrol cars just came from the corner and told us to back away, then … gunshots just happened."

After he was hit, the man refused to surrender, holding deputies at bay for nearly 90 minutes.

With a red blood stain visible on the back of his white T-shirt, the man then staggered to the front porch of the home, where he remained, at times sitting up, until about 6:45 p.m., when he surrendered and was taken into custody.

A helicopter dropped a sheriff's team of SWAT medics from the Special Enforcement Bureau off nearby as the standoff unfolded and residents were evacuated from nearby homes.

The team was then seen moving into place near the house, where other deputies and firefighters were standing by.

He was wanted in connection with kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon against his wife in Paramount on Sunday, sheriff's officials said.

Deputies spotted the vehicle Friday, ran the license plate and discovered the vehicle was wanted for an armed kidnapping.

The SUV sped off, giving way to a pursuit.

Rosa Ordaz contributed to this report.

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