Tuesday, October 05, 2010

CA: Crap-headed sheriff's deputy mistakenly fires eight shots at robbery victim, misses

A sheriff's deputy fired eight shots at a man he believed to have just robbed a West Hollywood liquor store early Sunday, but his target turned out to be the just-robbed clerk, and the actual suspects got away.

The deputy-involved shooting occurred around 2 a.m. near Havenhurst Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard, said Deputy Lillian Peck of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.

“Deputies responded to a robbery call of a liquor store in the 8200 block of Santa Monica Boulevard," Peck said. “The call indicated the suspects were armed with a handgun."

Peck said one of the deputies “saw a man matching one of the suspects' description run from the area of the liquor store, holding what he believed to be a gun, and a deputy-involved shooting occurred." The man was not hit. “The man was detained by deputies and was determined not to be a suspect," Peck said.

Lt. Alicia Ault told the WeHo News website a single deputy fired eight rounds at the man, who turned out to be the store clerk. “The deputy fired eight rounds and missed him," Ault told WeHo News.

“Ultimately, deputies determined that the man the deputy fired upon was the store's clerk who was pointing to them trying to get their attention."

The two suspects were described only as a black man armed with a handgun and a black woman. Both suspects were last seen running southbound on Havenhurst Drive.

Windows at a store across the street from the robbery site were blown out by the gunfire.

Original report here

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