UPDATE: The Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant who was shot while responding to a burglary in progress call has died.
The fallen deputy has been identified as 53-year-old Steve Owen.
One other deputy was injured during the incident, but was not shot as was reported earlier.
Owen was transported to the hospital in a sheriff’s cruiser but the wound was to the face, according to Lancaster Mayor Rex Parris. Parris claimed to know Owen well, the LA Times reported.
“It was a roll-up burglary call. It was a simple call,” LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said. “We don’t know if it was an ambush or anything.”
LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant who was shot in Lancaster (all times local):
3:30 p.m. A Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant who was shot has died.
Authorities say 53-year-old Steve Owen died at a hospital Wednesday afternoon, several hours after he was shot while responding to a report of a burglary in a neighborhood in Lancaster, north of Los Angeles.
Sheriff’s officials say other deputies fired shots at the suspect after he tried to steal a sheriff’s patrol car and rammed that vehicle into another patrol car while escaping.
Authorities say the man later fled to a home, which was surrounded, and a man was arrested after he tried to climb a face and escape.
The suspect, a parolee, had a gunshot wound and was taken to a hospital.
Authorities have a man in custody after a Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant was shot and critically wounded in Lancaster.
Sheriff’s deputies were seen handcuffing a shirtless man kneeling in front of a home more than an hour after Wednesday afternoon’s attack north of Los Angeles.
Deputy Guillermina Saldana says the sergeant was shot around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday while answering a report of a burglary in progress on West Avenue J-7.
The Sheriff’s Department says the sergeant was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
Deputies converged on the neighborhood and began hunting for the attacker.
Several schools were placed on lockdown and students at nearby Antelope Valley College were told to shelter in place.
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