Man shot by LA County deputies was carrying pellet gun

EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials say deputies shot and wounded a man carrying a weapon that turned out to be a pellet gun.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida says the deputies opened fire after the man pulled what they thought was a handgun from his waistband late Tuesday in El Monte. She says a “realistic-looking” pellet gun was recovered.

The Los Angeles Times reports the man was in stable condition Wednesday after being struck once in the upper body.

Nishida says deputies initially approached the man after they noticed him acting suspiciously.

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