Fallen Sheriff’s Sergeant Mourned After Lancaster Shooting

LANCASTER (CBSLA.com) — A memorial continued to grown Thursday for a 53-year-old Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant who was fatally shot by a parolee while responding to a residential burglary call in Lancaster.

Flags will remain lowered at half-staff to honor Sgt. Steve Owen, a 29-year veteran of the department, who was shot by a gunman Wednesday.

Mourners gathered this morning at the Lancaster sheriff’s station in front of a memorial of candles, flowers, balloons, and condolence cards.

The shooting unfolded around noon on Wednesday in the 3200 block of West Avenue J-7, where Owen was checking the back of the apartment building, according to the sheriff’s department.

Paramedics transported him to a hospital where he later died.

The gunman then ran to the front of the location and attempted to steal the sergeant’s patrol car, which prompted a second deputy-involved shooting to occur.

The second deputy was injured, but not shot, and was transported to a hospital.

The gunman fled from the vehicle on foot to a home.

Two teenagers inside the residence notified authorities of the gunman, and a SWAT team responded to the scene.

At one point, the gunman tried to escape and attempted to climb over a wall, but he was confronted by deputies and was taken into custody.

According to deputies, the suspect sustained a gunshot wound to his upper body during the incident.

Detectives recovered a firearm at the scene.

Owen, a married father of three grown children, had been promoted to sergeant five years ago.

His death marks the first of an active-duty department member in 11 years.

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  1. Concerned Citizen says:

    Sad day for family and tragic death for ANYONE! Fact that it is 1st police killing in 11 years doesn’t equate to the MANY MORE killed by police every year! ALL LIVES MATTER and the police should not be valued anymore than hard working citizens with families nor general victims of murders: elderly, young, animals etc!! ALL LIVES MATTER and our society/media is sick to pretend that only the police lives matter. Rest in peace bro!!

    1. Concerned Citizen says:

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      1. Concerned Citizen says:

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