LANCASTER (CBSLA)  — Days after admitting he faked a story about being shot at, residents of the building accused of firing on former deputy Angel Reinosa are still angry about the way they were treated and portrayed.

CBS2/KCAL9’s Tom Wait spoke to some of the residents Wednesday and many are still reeling at the news.

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Reinosa was officially fired but for some of the residents, that’s a little too little.

“The cops said, get into the house! Get into the house,” said Josephine Korea.

She described the terrifying moments LA County Sheriff’s deputies swarmed her apartment building — next door to the Lancaster Sheriff’s station. Guns drawn they did a floor-by-floor, apartment-by-apartment search that took hours.

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It happened a week ago moments after the 21-year-old deputy said he came under fire from a sniper in the apartment complex.

The “shooting” was all a lie.

“It is scary and we don’t deserve something like that,” says Korea.

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“As of last night deputy Angel Reinosa is no longer employed boy the LA County Sheriff’s department,” said LA County Chief Alex Villanueva at a press conference.

But the big question remains — why?

“I cannot speculate on why he did what he did,” Villanueva says.

The apartment complex in question houses low-income and some mentally ill residents. In the hours after the bogus shooting, Lancaster’s mayor said this.

“It’s a building filled with people who were being treated for mental illness. Of course, it’s a concern. Of course it’s insanity,” R. Rex Parris said.

The mayor says he’s received death threats since that statement — and he now acknowledges the complex is not just for residents with mental health issues. He does maintain the building remains a safety concern for deputies.

As for Reinosa, he could face criminal prosecution.

“It’s a false reporting of a crime,” says Villanueva, “And we also have the issue of the civil – the recovery of costs because this was an enormous expenditure of taxpayer monies.”

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Villanueva did not put an exact dollar figure on the investigation, manhunt and deputy overtime,  but said it was in the 100’s of thousands of dollars.