Police Chief: ‘I Am Compelled To Speak’
LASD sergeant dies after being shot in Lancaster; 1 in custody
Sgt. Owen had worked most of his law enforcement career in the Antelope Valley, and on Wednesday, he was responding to a residential burglary call when he encountered Trenton Trevon Lovell, authorities said.
In this still frame from video provided by KABC-TV, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies take into custody a wounded man, who is a suspect in the shooting death of a deputy, in Lancaster, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016.
Following the shooting, Lovell searched Owen’s body for his gun and then attempted to steal his patrol cruiser, which led to a shootout with another deputy on scene, according to investigators.
No other suspects were being sought, according to the sheriff’s department.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has identified the Lancaster man accused of murdering LA Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Owen yesterday in California.
Sgt. Steven Owen, 53, died at a hospital Wednesday about two hours after he was gunned down behind a home in Lancaster, a desert community north of Los Angeles.
Black and blue balloons and a large photo of Owen were next to a sheriff’s department badge with a black band over it inside of a case.
“(In our Facebook groups) SCV Emergency Now and SCV Helicopters, Lights and Sirens, we appreciate daily the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform”, said Kari Hewitt, one of the group’s admins.
In 2014, Sgt. Owen was one of several Lancaster deputies who received Sheriff’s Department medals for meritorious conduct. He fired several shots at Lovell, who had run around to the front of the building and was trying to steal Owen’s patrol vehicle, according to the report.
“I just couldn’t believe it”. Dozens of residents and deputies also attended a vigil outside the sheriff’s station in Lancaster, where they held hands, sang and prayed together.
“They brought him back three times“.
“It would have been best if they met him”, Bowler said when asked what he was like to people who never met him.
Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016.
Investigators said another deputy in front heard gunfire, ran around the building and found Owen wounded. Katz said that Owen’s wife, his adult son and daughter, and his mother were able to see him in the hospital before he died. A wounded Lovell then stole Owens’ patrol vehicle and rammed it into another patrol auto before bolting into a nearby apartment. Owen, who also is survived by another adult son, authorities said. One of the teens quickly contacted police to notify them of the suspect’s location. Capt. Steven Katz said the sergeant was a prolific member of the department. He later abandoned it and ran into a house, where SWAT team members forced him out the back and arrested him.
News reports showed a bloody, shirtless man on his knees being handcuffed.
“You could not find a more beloved law enforcement officer in this community”, Parris said.
Lovell, 27, of Lancaster, was on parole, authorities said, when he faced off with Owen outside an apartment complex.
Badge saves Huntington Beach police officer’s life in gun-battle car chase; suspect dies in fiery crash
HUNTINGTON BEACH – A police officer’s badge deflected a bullet heading for his heart in a gun battle during a car chase early Friday morning, officials said.
The Huntington Beach officer suffered minor cuts from shattered glass.
The incident began near Bushard Street and Yorktown Avenue after a man fled by car from his home when police arrived after midnight responding to a domestic-violence call.
The man drove east on Yorktown with officers in pursuit. Abruptly, he made a U-turn and opened fire on the two approaching patrol cars, police said.
“One of the bullets struck an officer in the badge,” said Officer Jennifer Marlatt, a department spokeswoman.
“The round came through the front windshield of the officer’s car, struck the officer’s badge and deflected off. The round did not go through the badge or hit the officer’s (protective) vest,” she said.
Both officers returned fire – one from the driver’s seat of his moving patrol car, Marlatt said. The officers turned their cars around and continued the chase.
“The pursuit reached high speeds and, at one point, we lost sight of the driver,” Marlatt said.
That occurred near Harbor Boulevard and the I-405 freeway. Costa Mesa police, joined by a Huntington Beach police helicopter, spotted the suspect’s vehicle and continued the pursuit.
It snaked along the northbound 55 freeway, the eastbound 91, then the northbound I-15. Along the way, the California Highway Patrol stepped in and took over the high-speed chase.
Eighty-five or so miles after the pursuit began, the suspect lost control of his car and crashed down an embankment at Cleghorn Road in the Cajon Pass. The vehicle burst into flames, and the driver was killed.
Police said the woman involved in the domestic dispute was OK but wouldn’t release other details.
As to the 10-year Huntington officer whose badge deflected the bullet, Marlatt said he was fine.
“Adrenaline kicked in, and he didn’t even know he was hit until he pulled over in Costa Mesa,” Marlatt said.
The badge’s position – which was on the edge of his body armor – may have prevented the bullet from striking flesh rather than the officer’s protective vest, saving his life.
The metal of police badges varies by department. Huntington Beach’s are 100 grams of pure steel, Marlatt said.
Police Chief Robert Handy spoke with the officer in the hospital and, later after he was released, at the stationhouse.
“He’s doing great,” the chief said. “He’s in really good spirits. … It’s safe to say the badge saved his life … This officer was very lucky.
“I’m super proud of these guys,” Handy said.
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A Chief of Police worthy of our respect and admiration. A role model for all cops .
A citizen grateful for a stranger he never met till absolute terror hit, and this man wears a badge.
After the Orlando Terrorist Attack, the public reacted positively to the role of Law Enforcement that night.