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California sniper fatally shot after shooting 3

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — A sniper who wounded a recycling-yard worker and two Orange County sheriff's deputies — including a helicopter pilot — was shot and killed Saturday after leading authorities on a four-hour gunfight along a remote brush-covered canyon at the edge of the Cleveland National Forest.

The gunman, who was not identified, shot Deputy Jerry Larson at the Baker Canyon Green Recycling Center after authorities responded to an 11:09 a.m. report of gunfire. He shot Deputy David Tilstra about 2 1/2 hours later as the pilot flew a two-man SWAT team over Baker Canyon.

Larson suffered two gunshot wounds: one bullet passed through his right arm and the other lodged in his left shoulder. Tilstra was struck in the lower left leg by a bullet that passed through the bottom of the helicopter. Both men were reported in good condition at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, authorities said.

The recycling-yard worker suffered a graze wound to the arm, authorities said.

Tilstra continued to fly for more than an hour until one of the SWAT members in his helicopter shot and killed the suspect as he hid in a dry creek bed about two miles into Baker Canyon.


Contributing: Stanley Allison, Richard Koehler