Person of interest detained in Sheriff shooting

Homicide detectives are investigating whether the gunman specifically targeted the deputy and, if so, why.

D8wYWj5V4AAHKvOALHAMBRA (CNS) – A person of interest was detained today in connection with the shooting of an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy in an Alhambra fast-food restaurant.According to the sheriff’s department, Long Beach police spotted a vehicle around 10:40 a.m. in the 2400 block of Granada Avenue that matched the description of the one linked to the shooting suspect, and they detained the person inside.

Sheriff’s officials were expected to provide more information on the person during a 3 p.m. news conference in downtown Los Angeles.

News of the person of interest being detained came just hours after $100,000 in reward money was offered for information leading to the gunman who shot the unidentified sheriff’s deputy, who remains hospitalized in critical condition at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. The county Board of Supervisors offered $50,000 in reward money, at the request of Supervisor Kathryn Barger, while the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs — the union that represents deputies — matched the amount.

The shooting occurred about 5:45 p.m. Monday at Jack in the Box at 2531 W. Valley Blvd., at the intersection of Fremont Avenue. The 13-year veteran deputy was in civilian clothes, carrying no weapon or badge or anything else to reflect his law enforcement status, when the suspect approached and shot him once in the back of the head at the restaurant counter, sheriff’s officials said.

According to media reports, the deputy had just dropped off a vehicle at a nearby oil-change business before going into the eatery.

Deputy James Nagao@lasdjames

Today @ approx. 10:40am Long Beach Police officers observed a vehicle in Long Beach, matching the description of suspect responsible for LASD off-duty deputy shooting in Alhambra. Officers detained the occupant of vehicle, and he is being held by LASD as a person of interest.

LA County Sheriff’s

@LASDHQ

Replying to @LASDHQ

Today @ approx. 10:40am Long Beach Police officers observed a vehicle in Long Beach, matching the description of suspect responsible for LASD off-duty deputy shooting in Alhambra. Officers detained the occupant of vehicle, and he is being held by LASD as a person of interest.

Homicide detectives are investigating whether the gunman specifically targeted the deputy and, if so, why.“Our LASD family continues to persevere in the wake of the senseless shooting of our deputy,” Sheriff Alex Villaneuva said in a Twitter post on Monday night. “Our hearts & minds are solemnly united w/those who hold him dear. Whomever carried out this cowardly attack; we won’t rest until we find you & ensure justice is brought swiftly upon you.”

ALADS President Ron Hernandez said deputies were outraged by the shooting.

“This brazen, brutal attack, on one of our fellow deputies, has left our deputies and the law enforcement community outraged,” Hernandez said in a statement. “We will not tolerate this bold, callous behavior and will dedicate all of our resources available to assist in the investigation to bring the suspect(s) to justice.”

Authorities circulated surveillance photos of the suspect, who was described as white, 20-30 years old and between 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-11. He wore a fedora and button-up short-sleeve shirt during the shooting, but apparently changed his clothes and was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and black pants.

The suspect’s vehicle was described as a white four-door 2010-2014 Kia Sorento SUV with paper plates, said Deputy Morgan Arteaga of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

At a news conference Monday night, homicide sheriff’s Capt. Kent Wegener said anyone hiding the man could face serious consequences.

“It’s time to turn him in,” Wegener said. “You don’t want to be associated with this man, and the sheriff’s department is going to spare no resources to locate this suspect.”

Barger urged anyone with information to call sheriff’s Detectives Eddie Aguirre and Antonio Guillen or Lt. Derrick Alfred at 323-890-5500. Tipsters may also provide information anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 800-222- TIPS (8477) or at www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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