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UPDATE: Suspect in deputy-involved shooting was hit in hand, officials say

Posted: May 7, 2013 2:03 p.m.
Updated: May 7, 2013 5:44 p.m.

A suspect arrested for allegedly pointing a handgun at officers last week was shot in the hand, possibly by local sheriff’s deputies, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday.

The on-duty deputy-involved shooting is now being investigated by the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau, said Deputy Benjamin Grubb in a news release issued Tuesday.

The man shot was 28-year-old Corey Kieffer, who was arrested Saturday after allegedly pointing a gun at deputies last Wednesday.

Kieffer had been riding a bicycle on Wednesday when deputies attempted to contact him, Grubb wrote in a press release.

“The suspect abandoned his bike and ran to a wash area. The suspect reached into his backpack, turned toward deputies and pointed a handgun in their direction, resulting in a deputy-involved shooting,” Grubb wrote. “The suspect did not shoot at deputies.

“The suspect fled on foot and it was unknown at the time if he was hit by gunfire. An Airsoft weapon resembling a firearm was located at the scene of the shooting.”

Deputies searching for the suspected gunman set up a containment area but did not find him,

On Saturday about 9:45 a.m., on a tip from a resident, local deputies found Kieffer and arrested him without incident.
They quickly learned that he had suffered an injury to his hand.

The injury was reviewed by medical professionals at a local hospital, Grubb said in Tuesday’s press release, and was determined to be a gunshot wound that he may have suffered in the Wednesday shooting.

Keiffer is at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital undergoing treatment and is listed in fair condition, Grubb said.
The booking process for a burglary warrant and undetermined charges related to the deputy-involved shooting are pending, Grubb said. Keiffer will be held without bail.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating the case.
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