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One Arrested After Friday Shooting

Posted: February 23, 2008 10:30 p.m.
Updated: February 24, 2008 10:13 a.m.
 
A Canyon Country man was in custody today after a deputy-involved shooting Friday night.

Louie Moreno, 20, was arrested Friday evening and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, sheriff's Sgt. Ron Price said.

He is being held at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Friday, sheriff's deputies saw what looked like a fight at 18257 Soledad Canyon Road, near the corner of Solamint Road, according to sheriff's Lt. Larry Gump.

Gump said that two deputies were eating dinner on the hood of their cruiser when they noticed at least four men fighting near another vehicle in the parking lot. One of the men appeared to be beating another on the head.

In an attempt to break up the fight, the deputies approached the men, whom they believed may have had gang affiliations. The deputies fired their weapons in self-defense after one of the men, who appeared to have a shiny object in his hand, turned toward them. Gump said that one of the deputies fired four or five rounds, and his partner fired one round.

Two of the men fled in a silver Lexus, while another fled on foot. A fourth man, the one who was reportedly being beaten in the head, was detained by deputies. The vehicle apparently bore the brunt of the gunfire, and none of the suspects appeared to have been hit.

The Lexus was located a short time later in the garage of an apartment on Sarabande Lane. Moreno, the driver, was arrested. The other suspects were still at large Saturday.

Captain Anthony La Berge, who was on the scene of the shooting, said that it had been nearly two years since an officer had fired his weapon while in duty in the Santa Clarita area.

In that incident, deputies shot and killed a man who brandished what turned out to be a replica handgun, in a dark field at the edge of the Caltico oil field in Newhall, off Sierra Highway.

Signal staff writer Tammy Marashlian contributed to this report.


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