An L.A. County Sheriff’s sergeant responding to reports of a burglary in progress in Lancaster has succumbed to injuries sustained from a gunshot wound during the attack.
According to CBS LA, Sergeant Steve Owen was a 29-year veteran of the LA County Sheriff’s office, who was awarded the department’s Medal of Honor in 2014.
After the shooting, the suspect attempted to commandeer Owen’s patrol car, backing it into another sheriff’s office vehicle, then entering another Lancaster home, where two teenagers were present. The teens hid from the suspect and successfully texted sheriff’s deputies for help.
Sheriff’s SWAT deputies then entered the house, forcing the suspect into the backyard. The suspect attempted to scale a fence before surrendering, and was subsequently taken to a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the torso. His condition was not immediately known, and he was identified only as a parolee.
LA County Supervisor Mike Antonovich issued the following statement in honor of Sergeant Owen:
“Sgt. Owen was an outstanding law enforcement professional who I had the opportunity to know and work with. He was a husband and father who was respected by his colleagues and engaged in his community. He was senselessly murdered while responding to a call for help. His loss leaves a significant void for all those who knew him. Christine and I send prayers and condolences to his family and fellow deputies.”
Sergeant Owen was surrounded by his wife, two grown children, and mother when he passed away.