Sheriff: Los Angeles County sergeant shot execution-style


Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Officer Neal B. Tyler, at podium, with other officials discuss LASD Lancaster Sheriff's Deputy involved shooting, and the loss of Sgt. Steve Owen, .

Lovell was later arrested after allegedly trying to run away, commandeering Owen's patrol auto, throwing it into reverse and ramming another police vehicle, then running into a house where two teenagers cowered. Sgt. Steven Owen, 53, died at a hospital about two hours after he was gunned down behind a home in Lancaster, a desert community north of Los Angeles.

Sheriff department deputies and family members of Owen embraced outside an area hospital after the sergeant was pronounced dead.


The suspect then ran to the front of the location and attempted to commandeer the sergeant's patrol auto, prompting a deputy to open fire, Katz said.

The suspected gunman fled the area and the deputy chased him on foot, Katz said.

A sergeant executed by a parolee during a burglary was the "epitome of what it means to be a peace officer", Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said on Thursday.

In this still frame from video provided by KABC-TV, Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies and firefighters wheel a wounded man, a suspect in the shooting death of a deputy, to an ambulance in Lancaster, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016.

Owen's wife, a detective with the sheriff's department, was by his side when he died along with his mother and two children.

"This is the thing we all dread", Tyler said at a news conference.

"He was somebody if you were going to create what we want our deputies to be like, this is one of the individuals who would probably be one of the models", McDonnell said of the 29 year department veteran.

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"I just left 100 officers crying". Colleagues described Owen as a mentor to generations of young sheriff's deputies.

"It would have been best if they met him", Bowler said when asked what he was like to people who never met him.

The SCV Emergency Now and SCV Helicopters, Lights, and Sirens groups have planned the vigil for Saturday at 7 p.m.at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

A large cordon was established to contain the suspect, who entered another home, where there were two teenagers, Katz said.

"The tragedy of a deputy sheriff such as Sergeant Steve Owen making the ultimate sacrifice has a massive impact on the whole law enforcement family".

The shooter initially got away, getting into Owen's vehicle and ramming the deputy's auto before getting out and running from the deputy, who fired at him. He jumped a fence and ran into another back yard where he was quickly surrounded by authorities. Owen, who also is survived by another adult son, was a 29-year decorated veteran, authorities said. Authorities said Lovell then fled from the area on foot and ran into another home with two teens inside. Capt. Steven Katz said the sergeant was a prolific member of the department. As he hid there, police said, one of the teenagers texted deputies, who arrived with a special entry team and rescued them.

Police say a New York man kept his grandmother's corpse wrapped in plastic bags for about five months because he was afraid of losing his housing, reports CBS New York. He was found with a gunshot wound in his upper torso when he was arrested and taken to a local hospital, Katz said.

Antelope Valley College criminal justice major Gerard Rivers, 23, of Lancaster, said Owen helped influenced his decision to choose law enforcement as a career.

"In an active attempt to preserve life and property and establish a containment, Sergeant Owen positioned himself to the rear of the location".

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