VAN NUYS (CNS) — A man was hospitalized after allegedly pulling a gun on a sheriff’s deputy, who then shot him at a restaurant in Van Nuys.

The shooting took place about 2:45 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, in the 7300 block of Van Nuys Boulevard. It occurred during an investigation of apparent drug use. Authorities did not specify what kind of drug the suspect was seen consuming.

A deputy with the sheriff’s Transit Policing Division was having lunch when he saw a group of males sitting on a patio at the location and saw at least one of them using drugs, said Deputy Kimberly Alexander of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

The deputy walked outside and two of the males walked away northbound and out of view, she said. The deputy detained the other two males and conducted a weapons pat down of the first male.

“As he was patting down the second male, that suspect then produced a handgun and a deputy-involved shooting occurred,” Alexander said.

The suspect was struck by gunfire and was taken to a hospital where he was in serious condition, she said. The deputy was uninjured.

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