By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Sources: Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital (Information):
Agua Dulce, California: A shooting occurred at Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Station 81 just before 11:00 a.m. PT on Tuesday, June 1st, 2021.
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Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said an off-duty firefighter came to Station 81 located on the 8700 block of Sierra Highway, and shot the two victims; a firefighter and a fire caption.
The firefighter was pronounced dead at the fire station, and was described as a 44 year old firefighter who had worked for the county fire department for more than 20 years.
“He was a brave, committed, loyal member of our department,” said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby, adding “I never thought one of our firefighters would face danger at one of our own community fire stations.”
The wounded fire captain is 54 years old, and was airlifted by helicopter to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Valencia, where he underwent surgery and was described as recovering in critical but stable condition.
“We received one firefighter in this tragedy, a gunshot wound victim. Which we took to the operating room and stabilized him. He’s in critical condition. All life-threatening injuries have been addressed and the recovery process is ongoing at this time,” said Dr. Louie-Marc Contreras, with Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.
Neither of the two firefighters who were shot were immediately identified by name.
“I stand here with a heavy heart. Today is truly a sad day and a tragic day for the Los Angeles County Fire Department,” said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby.
Officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said when they responded to the fire station after the shooting, witnesses identified the suspect, who fled the firehouse in a white Toyota pickup.
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They followed the suspect to his home, located in the 2600 block of Bent Spur Drive in Acton, California.
Officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the suspect barricaded himself inside his home and allegedly set the house on fire.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department later confirmed that the deceased individual is believed to be the suspect, who died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The fire completely destroyed the residence, and after the home burnt to the ground, SWAT team members were able to move onto the scene.
The coroner’s office will respond to the scene in order to remove the body and identify the deceased.
Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said he cannot comment on whether there was any pending internal disciplinary action against the off-duty firefighter who opened fire at the firehouse.
Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby also said he could not speak to a possible motive for the shooting.
Following the shooting, Supervisor Hilda Solis has ordered flags at all county buildings will be flown at half-staff.
“My most sincerest condolences to the family of the firefighter who was tragically killed in today’s shooting at Fire Station 81 in Agua Dulce,” said Supervisor Hilda Solis.
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ZachNews and the community sends our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of you firefighter who was killed, and hope for a speedy recovery for the fire caption injured in the shooting.