Updated: Deputy Involved Shooting Reported in Unincorporated Monrovia

By City News Service

Deputies shot and wounded two men in at the end of a half-hour pursuit early today, and their medical conditions were not immediately released.

The shootings were at 1:20 a.m. at El Toro Road and Van Meter Street, said Deputy Peter Gomez of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.

Sheriff's detectives saw a man with a gun at Ivory and Galen streets in the city of Duarte. The suspect got into a vehicle and a chase began, said Deputy Peter Gomez of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.     The pursuit lasted for approximately 30 minutes, and ended when the suspect's vehicle hit a curb in the 2400 block of El Toro Road, Gomez said.     One of the suspects pulled out a handgun, which resulted in a deputy- involved shooting, he said.   

"Two suspects were wounded and transported to a local hospital in unknown conditions. No deputies were injured. A weapon was recovered at the scene," Gomez said.   

The suspects were described as a 24-year-old man and a 36-year-old man, he said

The shooting was in a residential neighborhood not far from Irwindale Speedway, in the eastern San Gabriel Valley.

lola December 29, 2013 at 10:58 AM
That address is in duarte, NOT monrovia...nor far from another of the recent duarte shootings... I think it's essential the Patch gets this right because of this rash of shootings.
Dan Crandell December 29, 2013 at 01:07 PM
The Patch printed the press release as provided by LACSD and for as long as I can remember, and that's decades, that lower portion of unincorporated Duarte has been incorrectly referred to as unincorporated Monrovia.
Linda Garcia-Williams December 29, 2013 at 02:48 PM
I lived on the corner of El Toro Rd and Van Meter for 23 years and it is actually in the LA County line. But the addresses are Duarte.
Melanie C. Johnson (Editor) December 29, 2013 at 03:30 PM
The Sheriff's Department does refer to it as unincorporated Monrovia, unincorporated meaning outside of the city's borders and in LA County.
ofelia December 29, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Miley Cyrus. So needy...ugh!
lola December 29, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Editor Melanie..I know what unincorporated means (duh)....there is a sensitivity issue since the rash of shootings/murders in both cities a few years back. and there is an unincorporated portion of Duarte as well. Please be aware since you are a fairly. new editor of Monrovia Patch that we citizens don't want these crimes incorrectly associated with our city
Linda Garcia-Williams December 29, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Well said Lola
Melanie C. Johnson (Editor) December 29, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Well you might Lola, but I mentioned that it is outside of the city for any of those who might not. I was just trying to be helpful and explanatory. Some people don't know what it means. I didn't post the story originally, so I thought I would add unincorporated to the headline offer clarification, since it just said Monrovia, and also define it in comments. Take care!
Sarah December 29, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Thank you Melanie, I appreciated your posts. Regardless of which side of the border this occurred, it is close to both cities and is an issue that needs to be addressed. Lola, you can't fairly speak for all of the citizens since you do not know all of our opinions about these incidents.
sarah December 29, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Who cares what city it happened in, shootings in Duarte are soon to be followed by shootings in Monrovia. It's a sad situation but it's the truth. Some things will never change.
Liz December 29, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Lets not get nasty here. As long as the streets were given and a landmark such as the raceway was used most know where it is. Once again people are wearing their feelings on their sleeves. There are many little parts of county patches it is very hard to completely tell what post office is being used in that area. Arin and Melanie thanks for the info.
Robert Parry December 30, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Calling an unincorporated area "Monrovia" or "Duarte" is a misnomer. Neither City government has any direct influence over either area, though they do fall within school district boundaries. It's really just a geographical reference. This is a significant fact because neither the Duarte nor Monrovia city councils and government officials can directly bring additional resources to the fight in these areas. Duarte cannot add extra patrols there, they can only ask/hope that the Temple City Sheriff's station will do so naturally. Monrovia probably has less influence, since we have our own PD. Unfortunately, this leads to people who (rightly) feel cast away by local government and untethered to their local communities. The Monrovia Area Partnership (run by the City of Monrovia) has done an admirable job of extending the City's influence into the unincorporated area, but that can only accomplish so much. Unfortunately, annexing those neighborhoods into municipalities is usually expensive in the short run and not self-sustaining in the long run.
Liz December 30, 2013 at 12:44 PM
As with the fire departments the police/sheriff do back each other. Duarte Sheriff and MPD have showed up in my area to back Temple depending on the call.
Dan Crandell January 08, 2014 at 02:21 PM
Melanie please give us an update on this story. Are these thugs connected to the Duarte killings?


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