LANCASTER – A masked man who allegedly pointed a BB gun at two undercover sheriff’s deputies was shot several times but survived, the sheriff’s department reported.
The deputy-involved shooting took place around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, in the 1100 block of Avenue H-14 in Lancaster, according to a news release by the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
“Operation Safe Street deputies were working undercover in surveillance mode in support of a robbery investigation,” the news release states. “The deputies were in an unmarked car when the suspect approached them at the front driver-side window.”
“The suspect was wearing a makeshift mask that concealed the lower half of his face and pointed a gun at the deputies. Fearing for their lives, the deputies fired their weapons at the suspect from within the car, striking the suspect several times,” the news release states.
The suspect managed to run away, but he was later located in a yard on the 45000 block of Kingtree Avenue, officials said.
“We believe the suspect intended to rob our deputies,” the sheriff’s news release states.
The suspect was transported to a hospital, where he underwent surgery. His condition was not immediately reported.
“The suspect is a male adult in his 20s. Due to the active investigation, no further suspect information will be given at this time,” the sheriff’s news release states.
Sheriff’s officials said a Co2 BB Gun was recovered at the scene.
No deputies were injured during the incident.