Sheriff’s Deputy Shot in the Head at Jack in the Box in Alhambra

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A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy was in critical condition after being shot in the head at a fast food restaurant in Alhambra Monday, authorities said.

The 13-year veteran of the LA County Sheriff’s Department was out of uniform and off-duty at the time of the shooting, which occurred at around 5:45 p.m. in the 2500 block of West Valley Boulevard at a Jack in the Box restaurant, officials from the LASD said at a news conference Monday night.

The shooting was caught on video, and the victim was inside the restaurant waiting for food, Capt. Kurt Wegener of the LA County Sheriff’s Department said. The shooter entered the restaurant and shot the deputy in the head and walked out, with no one inside the restaurant intervening before the man exited the Jack in the Box, Wegener said.

The shooter was described as a man in his 20s, 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-11, wearing a light colored fedora hat, black sunglasses, a short sleeved burgundy color shirt, slim fit jeans and grey shoes with white bottoms, Wegener said.

Authorities said that they believe the man had changed clothes at a residence nearby but that he was last seen in the same vehicle that he used when fleeing the restaurant.

The shooter was last seen driving northbound on Fremont Avenue in a 2006 white Kia Sportage SUV with paper plates, authorities said. The following image taken from surveillance video was provided by law enforcement:

The wounded deputy was taken to an area hospital and was in critical condition, Wegener said.

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