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Suspect Wounded In Lake L.A. LASD Deputy-Involved Shooting Had Rifle, Wore Ballistic Vest, Battered Mother


Sheriff's Homicide Bureau detectives are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding a deputy-involved shooting.

The shooting occurred at 11:45pm, Saturday, May 5, 2012, in the 39600 block of 167th Street East, Lake Los Angeles, in the unincorporated east Antelope Valley, in north Los Angeles County.

Detectives have learned that Lancaster Sheriff's Station deputies responded to a residence in the 16000 block of MacKenna's Gold Avenue, Lake Los Angeles, where they contacted the victim outside of the location.

The victim, a 60 year old woman, told deputies her son had beaten her up and threatened her with a gun.

The victim also told deputies her son, 29-year old Suspect Matthew Ridgway, was armed with a rifle, wearing a ballistic vest and said he was "prepared to go to war."

Before deputies could contact Suspect Ridgway, they saw him run out of the back of the residence with a rifle and wearing a ballistic vest.

Deputies located the suspect in the 39600 block of 167th Street East, Lake Los Angeles, hiding in a neighbor's shed, where a Deputy-Involved Shooting occurred.

Suspect Ridgway was medically treated then booked for Assault With A Deadly Weapon-Firearm at Lancaster Sheriff's Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, where he is being held in lieu of $50,000.00 bail.

The mother of the suspect was medically treated for her injuries and released. No deputies were injured by gunfire.

Whenever a Deputy-Involved Shooting occurs involving Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies, and it results in a wounding, multiple independent investigations immediately begin at the scene. These include separate investigations by the Office of the Los Angeles County District Attorney, as well as investigations by Sheriff's Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau. Attorneys with the Los Angeles Office of Independent Review also respond to the scene, and have full access to the facts known to the Sheriff's Department throughout every phase of these investigations. Once concluded, every aspect of the shooting is reviewed by the Sheriff's Executive Force Review Committee.

Sunday May 6th, 2012 :: 11:09 a.m. PDT

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