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A driver doing donuts in an intersection was caught on video repeatedly ramming the vehicle of a sheriff's deputy, who fired a single shot in response.
But instead of coming to his senses, the driver was seen ramming him yet again — and the deputy, all done playing around, appeared to open fire multiple times.
The vehicular assault was over — and the driver reportedly was wounded and hospitalized.
What are the details?
KABC-TV said the incident took place about 4:30 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Eastern and Florence Avenues in Bell Gardens, a city in the metro Los Angeles area.
The L.A. County Sheriff's Department told the station the deputy was driving down Florence when he saw the driver of a white SUV speeding and doing donuts in the intersection.
The deputy attempted a traffic stop when investigators said the suspect intentionally plowed into the deputy’s patrol vehicle, KTTV-TV reported.
Cellphone video from a bystander shows the suspect hitting the deputy's vehicle once, then backing up and hitting it again — and then backing again and hitting it a third time.
At that point, the deputy fired one shot. It isn't clear whether it hit the suspect — but it sure wasn't enough to deter him.
Indeed, the driver backed up yet again and rammed into the deputy's vehicle again, sending it up onto a sidewalk next to a pole.
With that, the deputy appeared to fire multiple times as the suspect floors it in a kind of reverse circle, and that appears to be how things ended.
KABC said the suspect was detained at the scene, taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds, and listed in stable condition. KTTV added that the suspect was in surgery.
The deputy also was hospitalized with injuries but has been released, KTTV said, adding that the names of the deputy and the suspect have not been released. Reporting from KABC and KTTV indicated that the deputy and suspect are males.
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Dave Urbanski is a senior editor for Blaze News.