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Deputies back to work after Isla Vista rampage

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- Four Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies were cleared to resume their full duties, 10 days after confrontations with a gunman who shot six people and then himself, the department said Monday.

The deputies, none of whom was injured, were placed on required administrative leave while investigators from several agencies probed their role in two gunbattles with Elliot Rodger on May 23.

It wasn't immediately clear when each of the deputies would actually return to work, department spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said.

Rodger killed six University of California, Santa Barbara, students and wounded 13 other people in the community of Isla Vista, authorities said.

The shooting rampage, preceded by Rodger's stabbing of three people at his apartment, was over and Rodger dead just eight minutes after it began, authorities said.

One deputy shot at him while he was driving around the city in a BMW, firing on people outside a sorority house and inside a deli.

Three other deputies fired at him as Rodger encountered them running through a park, the sheriff's department said. He was left with a gunshot wound to the hip.

Investigators believe he killed himself with a gunshot to the head after he was wounded. Investigators say the hip injury may have stopped him from further carnage.

Sheriff Bill Brown says the deputies' quick action helped prevent more deaths.

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