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Search continues for armed domestic violence suspect in Gardena

City News Service | 2/20/2013, 7:54 a.m.

GARDENA, Calif.--A search was continuing today for a domestic violence suspect who was shot and wounded when he allegedly pointed a handgun at deputies in an unincorporated area near Gardena.

The shooting occurred around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when deputies responded to a domestic violence call in the 400 block of East Darlan Street, according to the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.

"When deputies arrived, they were confronted by a man armed with a handgun," Deputy Guillermina Saldana said. "The suspect pointed the gun at the deputies, and a deputy-involved shooting occurred. The suspect, although hit by gunfire, fled the location in a Silver BMW sport utility vehicle and is still outstanding."

The man was described as Black, in his mid-30s, 6 feet 2 inches tall and 220 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing red basketball-style shorts and no shirt. No deputies were hurt.

"A crime of domestic violence did occur at the location," Saldana said.

According to Sgt. Bryan Haynes of the Compton Station, blood was found at the scene. Anyone with more information on the crime was urged to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau, (323) 890-5500, or Crime Stoppers, (800) 222-TIPS.