PALMDALE – A suspected DUI motorist was killed in a deputy-involved shooting early Sunday morning outside a Palmdale fast-food restaurant.
The incident began just before 3 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, in the parking lot of the Taco Bell, located on the 37900 block of 47th Street East in Palmdale, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
“The call came from employees of a fast-food restaurant who reported that a vehicle had collided into the business, near the drive-through area, and the driver appeared to be unconscious,” the sheriff’s news release states.
“When deputies arrived, they made contact with the suspect-driver, and based on initial observations, they began to conduct a driving under the influence investigation,” the news release states.
The suspect was placed in the rear of a patrol car, and he jumped out as he was about to be handcuffed and began to fight a deputy, according to the sheriff’s news release.
Other deputies came to aid and the fight was taken to the ground.
“At some point during the fight, the suspect grabbed ahold of the deputy’s weapon,” the news release states. “The deputy immediately attempted to retain his weapon while he advised the other deputies that the suspect was trying to remove his weapon.”
The deputies attempted to subdue the suspect, but he refused to let go of the deputy’s weapon, according to the sheriff’s news release.
A deputy-involved shooting occurred, the suspect was struck by gunfire and the fight stopped, sheriff’s officials said.
The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The deputies involved in the fight suffered cuts, bruises and abrasions, sheriff’s officials said. It was not immediately known if any deputies were transported to the hospital.
“During the course of their investigation, detectives located a blue-steel pistol and a large baggie of marijuana located inside the suspect’s vehicle,” the sheriff’s news release states.
There is no further information at this time and the investigation is ongoing.
The suspect’s identity is being withheld pending next of kin notification.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
UPDATED 12.21.15: The man shot dead by deputies has been identified as 30-year-old Leroy Browning of Palmdale, according to an updated news release from the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. There was a warrant for Browning’s arrest “in connection to a home-invasion robbery and assault with a deadly weapon where a victim was shot,” the sheriff’s news release states. Read it at: http://local.nixle.com/alert/5551589/