Sheriff's deputy killed in shootout with burglars in S. California. One gunman still at large
One Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was killed and another was injured after responding to a burglary call in Lancaster, California. Nearby Antelope Valley College was placed on lockdown as police hunted for the suspect.
The incident occurred near West Avenue J6 and 36th Street, just north of West Wind Elementary School, local media reported. At least one suspect is still at large.
A sergeant with the sheriff’s department was injured in the initial exchange of gunfire with the suspect, police said. Another deputy appears to have been shot during the pursuit, which is still ongoing.
A deputy was “struck by gunfire and taken to a hospital in unknown condition,” sheriff’s department spokesman Deputy Mike Barraza told KTLA. He later clarified that a sergeant and a deputy have been shot, and that they were not partners.
Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Owen, 53, later died from his injuries, LASD Executive Officer Neal Tyler announced. He had been shot in the face, Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris, who was at the hospital, told the Los Angeles Times.
The second injured deputy was not shot, but was wounded, Sheriff Jim McDonnell told reporters. The extent of his injuries is unclear.
“It was a roll-up burglary call. It was a simple call,” McDonnell said. “We don’t know if it was an ambush or anything.”
A suspect is in custody with a gunshot wound.