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    Sheriff Deputy Fatally Shot In Hawaiian Gardens; Suspect In Custody

    Hawaiian Gardens shooting, June 24/05(June 24, 2005, updated after midnight June 25) -- An L.A. County Sheriff Deputy based at the Lakewood station was fatally shot this afternoon in Hawaiian Gardens, a stone's throw from El Dorado Park Estates, in the area of the 12200 block of 223d St.

    A major manhunt ensued which lasted from midafternoon into the evening.

    [update] By 10:00 p.m., a suspect description was released, and about midnight, Sheriffs took the suspect into custody.

    Deputy Jerry Ortiz, a 15 year LASD veteran and a Gang Enforcement Deputy, was mortally wounded -- shot in the head -- by a gunman who fled on foot, disappearing into the surrounding neighborhood.

    Hawaiian Gardens shooting, June 24/05Deputy Ortiz's name will now be inscribed on the memorial wall outside LASD's station on Clark Ave.

    As word of deputy Ortiz's passing spread, this man came to pay his respects. He stood in silence, and was the first (of many) to place flowers at the wall for Deputy Ortiz.

    "My son is a police officer," he said.

    Legends fire June 21/05LASD established a large perimeter and LBPD assisted, closing access to Norwalk Blvd. at Wardlow Rd.

    Legends fire June 21/05LBPD Officer Nahin Anaya efficiently detoured residents, dispensing instructions in English and Spanish.

    Legends fire June 21/05News helicopters created a constant drone as L.A. TV outlets suspended their scheduled afternoon news stories to report the brazen crime and its aftermath.

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