Compton man taken into custody after allegedly shooting at L.A. County sheriff’s deputies

A gunman was arrested Thursday morning after apparently opening fire on Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies, who surrounded him as the apartment he was hiding in burst into flames, officials said.

Just after 7:15 a.m., deputies responded to a call at an apartment complex on the 100 block of Acacia Avenue in Compton, where they found a man with a gunshot wound and realized another man with a firearm was hiding in an apartment, officials said . The man in the apartment opened fire on the deputies with a shotgun, officials said. With a special weapons team from the Sheriff’s Task Force and two armored vehicles surrounding the apartment, negotiators ordered the man to come out unarmed.

The suspect was arrested and taken to a hospital, MP Miguel Meza said.

During negotiations with the gunman, deputies were evacuating the apartment complex when part of it caught fire, officials said. Officials shut off the gas to the building because they feared an explosion. In a dramatic moment captured by TV news cameras, MPs used ladders to evacuate a woman through an apartment window.

The suspected gunman, with deputies in body armor on the complex’s balcony, came out unarmed and lay on the ground and was immediately handcuffed.

After the gunman was arrested, Compton firefighters began fighting the blaze as smoke continued to rise from the complex. The cause of the fire was unclear.

The wounded, who Maza said was the victim of an accidental discharge at the apartment, was taken to a hospital. Compton man taken into custody after allegedly shooting at L.A. County sheriff’s deputies

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