Details continued to emerge Friday regarding the shooting of two suspects by a La Verne Police officer and two sheriff’s deputies during a narcotics operation in Hawaiian Gardens.
A multi-agency task force was keeping watch over a location at 211th Street and Norwalk Boulevard in Hawaiian Gardens just before 5:30 p.m. Thursday when they spotted two men arrive and leave, Lt. John Hocking of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarter’s Bureau said.
“Believing they had possibly just delivered narcotics, the detectives attempted to contact the males,” Hocking said. “The males drove off in their vehicle driving erratically. When they reached 215th Street and Elaine Avenue, the driver of the vehicle drove directly at a La Verne Police Officer when an officer-involved shooting occurred.”
But the pursuit didn’t end there, officials said, as the car continued driving at high speed.
“Two deputies who were out of their vehicle at the end of the (Elaine Avenue) cul-de-sac identified themselves and attempted to detain the suspects,” Hocking said. “The suspects drove their vehicle at the deputies when a second officer involved shooting occurred.”
The car continued moving, he said, crashing into a sheriff’s patrol car and a parked pickup truck and were finally taken into custody.
The names of the two suspects, who were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, were not released.
No police officers or deputies were injured in the incident.