Long Beach man killed by deputy in Gorman identified

A man who was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy in Gorman was identified today by the coroner’s office.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy stopped Adrian Joel Sanchez, 34, of Long Beach in his vehicle at about 12:15 p.m. Wednesday on the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway about a mile north of Templin Highway, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The deputy had Sanchez exit his vehicle and was escorting him back to a patrol car when he broke free and ran up an embankment. The deputy pursued him back to the door of his vehicle, where an “altercation occurred,” according to the LASD.

Sanchez drove off, dragging the deputy along with him.

“The suspect crashed through a chain-link fence leading to the southbound I-5 shoulder,” said LASD Deputy Alejandra Parra. “He then crashed again through the fence back to the frontage road and a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”

Sanchez was struck by the gunfire and pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Investigators later recovered a handgun “where the suspect was sitting,” Parra said.

The deputy, whose name was withheld, was taken to a hospital, treated for injuries he sustained in the altercation and later released.

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