HARBOR CITY, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — An off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was shot during an apparent family dispute Monday evening in Harbor City and a suspect was in custody, according to police.
Los Angeles police said the deputy, a 10-year veteran who works at the sheriff’s department’s Century Station, is in stable condition at a hospital after he was shot in the upper body. Eyewitness News has learned the alleged shooter is the deputy’s father-in-law.
LAPD responded to a home in the 23300 block of Dorset Place just after 7 p.m. Officers found out the deputy was shot after he arrived at the home and became involved in a family dispute.
The suspect, who lives at the home, was taken into custody. A handgun used in the shooting was found at the scene, police said.
Neighbors said the suspect is a pastor at a local church.
“He’s a very, very nice guy. He walks the neighborhood all the time,” neighbor Tom Houston said. “He’s very friendly, so it’s very unusual.”
Houston said he heard a car speed by just moments before the shooting.
“I heard the car coming around, and it was like a race track,” Houston said.
In the aftermath of the shooting, several police officers gathered at the site of the shooting as crime scene tape cordoned off the area. An FBI agent who was nearby also responded to the scene.
LAPD detective Meghan Aguilar said police will work with the sheriff’s department and provide updates on the investigation.
The deputy’s name has not been released.
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