Deputy shot in ambush at Lancaster sheriff's station

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Posted at 5:00 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 22:31:08-04

LANCASTER (CNS) - A deputy was struck by gunfire today when he and other deputies were ambushed outside the Lancaster sheriff's station, prompting a lockdown of the station and a massive search for the shooter.

The shots rang out at 2:53 p.m. at the sheriff's station at 501 W. Lancaster Blvd., according to Deputy Morgan Arteaga of the Sheriff's Information Bureau.

The deputy suffered a graze wound in the right shoulder, Arteaga said. According to reports from the scene, he was able to walk inside the station and was in stable condition when taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

He was conscious and alert at a hospital, Arteaga said. Other deputies were fired on, as well, but were not wounded, Arteaga said.

A containment perimeter was set up and dozens of SWAT deputies descended on the scene via helicopter and armored vehicles.

The search appeared to be centered on an apartment complex adjacent to the sheriff's station, indicating the shots may have been fired from that building.

Apartment complex residents were sheltering in place, Deputy Marvin Crowder said.