A has been issued throughout Southern California as police seek a man who allegedly shot a deputy after escaping from jail with the help of his wife.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reports that on Aug. 28, Darnell Washington, 24, escaped from the San Bernardino County Jail allegedly with the help of his wife, Tania Washington, 25.
At approximately 9 a.m. this past Sunday, an LASD deputy approached a suspicious vehicle in El Monte. Darnell Washington reportedly came out from the back of the vehicle and fired a shotgun at the deputy.
The deputy was hit, and both suspects -- Darnell and Tania Washington -- escaped in what turned out to be a stolen vehicle, police reported.
“The suspects abandoned the stolen vehicle in the City of South Gate and carjacked another vehicle,” according to a news relrease from the LASD.
The second stolen car is a light blue, 1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager, with a California license plate that reads 3PHK484.
The suspects are considered armed and dangerous. Therefore, the LASD asks residents to immediately call 9-1-1 if they spot the pair or the vehicle.
Prior to his escape, Washington had been booked into jail for robbery and for receiving stolen property. He had a court date logged for Sept. 14.
The deputy who was shot during this weekend sustained non life-threatening injuries and has been released from the hospital, according to an update from the LASD.
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