Deputy involved shooting at House of Blues

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May 24, 2014

By Ryan Gierach, West Hollywood, California

The Sunset Strip got an jolt of adrenaline overnight when Sheriff’s deputies chasing a man attempting to flee the scene in his car shot and wounded him.

Sheriff's deputies shot a man attempting to flee from a fight in West Hollywood's House of Blues parking lot.

Sheriff’s deputies shot a man attempting to flee from a fight in West Hollywood’s House of Blues parking lot.

The man apparently fled a fight taking place in the rear valet parking lot of the House of Blues (HOB) at 8430 Sunset Boulevard at Olive Avenue around 1:50 am this morning.

As deputies responded, said a press release issued by the Sheriff’s Department, he had gotten into his auto and began repeatedly rammed his car into the occupied car in front of his.

He refused to stop ramming, so a deputy shot at him, wounding him.

Sheriff’s report taking him to a local hospital for treatment.

In fact, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Don Walker told City News Service that while firefighters had been called to the scene to take him to the emergency care facility, the suspect was not hospitalized.

The House of Blues is a fabled - and infamous - Sunset Strip destination for concertgoers.

The House of Blues is a fabled – and infamous – Sunset Strip destination for concertgoers.

No deputies were injured in the incident, Deputy Walker said.

The suspect was later identified as Altriki Lamont Brown, 34; he suffered no-life-threatening wounds, and was hospitalized and later released.

The House of Blues has had several run ins with the law and the city dating back to its opening.

In 2006 at HOB a knife fight broke out at a punk-a-billy band concert left one man,  Christian Melgroza, 21, dead and two wounded.

On Thursday, September 4, 2008, an “explosive situation” shut down the Sunset Strip for several hours… as West Hollywood Sheriffs, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles police put down a classic bar brawl at the House of Blues involving over 100 people.

The following year three attendees of the Sunset Strip’s House Of Blues’ Ice Cube concert attacked sheriff’s deputies as they escorted the allegedly drunken trio off the premises, but the “shenanigans” did not stop there; they continued brawling in the jailhouse.

Ten days later, the Dirty Rotten Imbeciles— drew a violent bunch, with eight non-ticketholders creating a disturbance. Three of those were arrested for assault with a deadly weapon.

“They threw bottles and used a concrete block,” Sgt. Mike Caprioli said. Two people were hospitalized.

The deputy-involved shooting comes only weeks after deputies shot and killed West Hollywood resident John Winkler. The three deputies involved in that shooting are back at work on the streets.

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