OFFICERS DOWN! Multiple Sheriff’s cruisers descend on residential area north of the California Campus…
Sergeant Steven Owen, age 53, was in pursuit of the Lancaster gunman when he was shot in the face with a large caliber handgun. The gunman then stole his patrol car and invaded a home to hide. Two teenagers cowered in the house until the gunman was apprehended.
The SWAT Team entered the home to rescue the two teens. The gunman fled out the back door where he was then captured and taken to the hospital for medical treatment.
Earlier we reported:
UPDATE: One deputy has died from gunshot wounds, while another has been wounded, in the pursuit and apprehension of a burglar and gunmen near the college campus in Lancaster, California.
Reportedly, cops have apprehended the suspected gunman.
— FOX 5 San Diego (@fox5sandiego) October 5, 2016
Other sources are reporting that the suspect is still at large.
Our prayers go out to these officers and their families.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been shaken and is pursuing a gunman. At least two sheriff’s deputies have been shot in Lancaster, California, a few blocks north of the campus of Antelope Valley College. The college is on lockdown while officers search for the shooter. Students and faculty have been advised to shelter in place.
Active search for dangerous suspect, please stay away. https://t.co/ooVdqHeo30
— LASD Lancaster Stn. (@LANLASD) October 5, 2016
Several students reported on Twitter that they had heard gunshots.
The shooting took place on West Avenue J-7, according to a deputy from the Los Angeles Couty Sheriff’s Department Lancaster Station.
Early reports indicated that a deputy was hit by gunfire and taken to a nearby hospital. Later reports reveal that at least one other deputy has been hit.
We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as new information comes in.