Lancaster Station Sheriff’s Sgt Shot and Killed Responding to Burglary Call


A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sergeant died after being shot during a deputy-involved shooting in Lancaster, authorities said.

The department identified him as Sgt. Steve Owen, 53, who had been at the Lancaster Station for five years.

Owen and another deputy had responded to a burglary call around noon in the 3200 block of West Avenue J7, sheriff’s officials said. The area was contained and during the containment gunfire was heard in the back of the location, authorities said.

The deputy at the front of the complex ran in the direction of the gunfire and found Owen suffering from a gunshot wound. The suspect then fled the area on foot, ran to the front of the home and attempted to steal Owen’s patrol car.

The suspect went into reverse, rammed the second patrol car, which resulted in a second deputy-involved shooting, authorities said.

Authorities said the suspect then fled from the area on foot. Authorities said he then ran into another home with two teens inside. Special Enforcement Bureau officers were able to get the teens safely out of the home before the suspect was taken into custody.

During the search for the suspect, Antelope Valley College, AV SOAR High School on the college campus, Lancaster High School and West Wind Elementary School were all placed on lockdown. Amargosa Creek and Nancy Croft elementary schools were on soft lockdowns.

Authorities said no other suspects were at large.