A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s sergeant was shot and killed by a burglary suspect while responding to a residential burglary call at a Lancaster home.
Several media outlets are reporting gunshots were fired at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday when deputies responded to reports of a residential burglary in the in the 3200 block of Avenue J-7.
Police launched a massive manhunt in the area to find the shooter, and shortly after 2 p.m. police arrested a suspect.
Police said the suspect ran through residential backyards, then into a home with two teens inside. Officers were able to safely get the teens out of harm’s way before taking the suspect into custody.
LASD Sheriff Jim McDonnell said it was a “simple burglary call,” but added it is unclear whether the incident may have been an ambush attack.
The wounded sergeant, identified as Steve Owen, 53, was shot in the face and was listed in grave condition when he was taken to the hospital, officials said.
Another deputy was injured in the incident as well, and his condition is unknown.