LA County Sheriff McDonnell: Slain Sergeant Was Shot ‘Execution-Style’

LOS ANGELES ( — Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell called the shooting death of a veteran sergeant in Lancaster a “calculated execution.”

Sgt. Steve Owen was answering a burglary-in-progress call on Wednesday when he was gunned down Wednesday.

At a news conference on Thursday,  McDonnell said 27-year-old Trenton Lovell shot Owen, then stood over his body and fired four more times. He says the man then searched Owen’s body, looking for the sergeant’s gun in order to shoot the first deputy who responded to the gunfire. McDonnell described the 29-year sheriff’s department veteran as the “Go-to guy” and a “Role model” McDonnell added that the death penalty would be appropriate in this case.

“This is an individual who no matter who you talk to in the community, was a larger than lifer person,” McDonnell said. “He’s not somebody that would be swayed by political correctness and he would do the right thing.”


Shortly after, Owen’s body was transported by hearse from the L.A. County Coroners Office to a funeral home in Lancaster.

McDonnell said Lovell was shot in the shoulder while pointing a gun at a deputy. Lovell was later arrested and remains jailed.

Lovell was on parole after a 2009 armed robbery conviction, the LA Times reported. The sheriff says Lovell had a dozen arrests and served two terms in state prison.

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One Comment

  1. Steve Getz says:

    I wonder if anyone from BLM, Rev. Al, Jessie or Maxine Waters will be attending?…My money is on…. NOT A CHANCE!

    1. GROWAPAIR says:

      Yea, because Beck, McDonnell, Garcetti, LAPD, LASO, et al show up at funerals after an OIS. GET REAL.

      1. Steve Getz says:

        “Typical” response….maybe we should just loot a few stores and grab some Flat Screens and Nike’s in his honor…that’s the way it’s supposed to be done right?

      2. Ghost of Willie Lynch says:

        Yes, because the brass and the politicos would love to see all of us subdued in their penal colony–they care so much.

    2. GROWAPAIR says:

      “Typical” response … maybe whiny overpaid incompetent asshat cops that are “in fear of” anything that throws a shadow should get new jobs … oh wait, it doesn’t get any easier than what they have, right?

      1. Ghost of Willie Lynch says:

        It’s called “Easy Street” for the politicians, elites, and their enforcers. High school education, low IQ, unlimited, unconstitutional police powers, taxpayer subsidized lifestyle for life, salaries, benefits, perks, and zero accountability–a danger to freedom and a hazard to the health and safety of everyone, accused, nonaccused, free, and bond servants. Blue Lives don’t matter, because they have no value for life period.

  2. DeVille says:

    Black lives matter. Plumpers and donut breaks don’t matter.

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