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Deputy wounds DUI suspect


A man allegedly driving under the influence was shot and wounded this week in a deputy-involved incident in Palmdale, after he led officers on a short car chase and then reportedly attacked a deputy.

The shooting happened just before 2 p.m. Tuesday in the 1600 block of Avenue Q-10, according to Deputy Lisa Jansen.

According to the department, a deputy on patrol spotted a motorist driving “recklessly at a high rate of speed,” Schrader said. The deputy then tried to make a traffic stop.

Sometime during that eventual stop, the driver allegedly yelled profanities at the deputy and then sped away. A vehicle pursuit then ensued, Schrader said. When the vehicle finally stopped on Avenue Q-10, the driver allegedly got out with a “shiny object in his hand” and refused the deputy’s order to surrender.

The deputy then tracked the driver on foot as he ran to the rear of a building; he then allegedly picked up a stick, four to five feet in length, and turned towards the deputy with the stick raised above his head and the unknown object, which appeared to be a knife, in the other hand,” Schrader said.

The deputy then fired one round, hitting the man in the chest, Schrader said. The man was treated at the scene and then taken to a hospital, where he was listed in fair condition.

The man’s name has not been released.