Sheriff John Scott of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department in California, sadly reports the death of Sergeant Steve Owen.

Sergeant Owen, 53, and another deputy responded to a burglary in progress call in the city of Lancaster. Sergeant Owen went to the rear of the residence to maintain a secure perimeter and contain the suspect while his partner stayed near the front of the residence. The suspect exited the rear of the residence and shot Sergeant Owen in the face with a large caliber handgun.

Sergeant Owen’s partner ran to the rear of the house and found Sergeant Owen suffering from a gunshot wound. The suspect exited the front of the residence and attempted to commandeer Sergeant Owen’s patrol vehicle to facilitate his escape. Sergeant Owen’s partner ran to the front of the residence and engaged the suspect in gunfire hitting the suspect in the torso. The suspect then fled the patrol vehicle on foot.

The suspect forcibly entered a second residence in an attempt to avoid capture. The occupants of that residence called 911 and reported that the suspect was inside the house. The suspect was captured and taken to a local hospital for medical treatment prior to being lodged in the County Jail.

Sergeant Owen was transported to a local hospital via a patrol unit. Sergeant Owen was being treated in the emergency room of the hospital when his wife, two children and mother arrived. Emergency Room Physicians were unable to stabilize Sergeant Owen’s condition due to the severity of the gunshot wound and he died a few hours after the shooting.

Sergeant Owen served the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department for twenty nine years. His wife is an arson detective with the Sheriff Department and was on duty at the time of the shooting. Sergeant Owen is also survived by his two children and his mother.

Sergeant Steve Owen-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

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