Police: Gunman shoots California deputies, sets fire | State

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — A man armed with a shotgun allegedly fired at sheriff’s deputies on Thursday before setting fire to a Southern California apartment, authorities said.

The suspect also allegedly shot another man, which initially prompted deputies to respond at around 7.30am at the six-unit, two-story building in Compton. Authorities found the injured man sitting on the stairs with a gunshot wound to his lower limbs. His injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

Deputies were helping the injured man when Alrick Billini McNeese allegedly opened fire, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The bullet did not penetrate the apartment door.

Deputies retreated and summoned a SWAT team to the scene. Authorities said McNeese barricaded himself inside the apartment until he was engulfed in smoke and flames. He was taken into custody after walking through the front door.

McNeese, 49, was arrested and taken into custody for attempted murder. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf. He was taken to hospital as a precaution.

No MPs were injured and none fired weapons during the incident. Detectives are investigating what caused the original shooting that injured the man who was found on the stairs.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames, which severely damaged the building. The fire is believed to have been started by the suspect, said Deputy Miguel Meza, a sheriff’s spokesman.

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