Luis Garcia, a 25-year-old Latino, died Thursday, May 25, after he was shot by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy in the 900 block of North Santa Fe Avenue in Compton, according to sheriff’s investigators.
Garcia allegedly fired on two deputies during a traffic stop about 11:40 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, said Lt. Joe Mendoza. One of the deputies was struck by gunfire as he opened the back door of the car in which Garcia was a passenger.
The fallen deputy’s partner returned fire, striking Garcia, Mendoza said.
The injured deputy and Garcia were taken to a hospital.
Garcia was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after midnight on May 25, Mendoza said. Coroner’s records are unavailable because investigators put a security hold on the autopsy results until their investigation is completed, Mendoza said.
The deputy was struck in ...