Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Under Attack At Station
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 21, 2017,
Mar 21, 2017, 3:06
"We are grateful that no deputies were injured or killed in the Temple Station shooting", said Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs President Ron Hernandez. The man was in the station's lobby earlier Monday as part of the sex offender registration process, but went back into the parking lot, authorities said. It was out of the city of Los Angeles for a sex crime - a different crime; it was a felony crime - and that's when the deputy went (further) inside (the station). Deputies returned fire. Multiple rounds were shot and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. "This is another assault on deputies and we see these all too frequently now", Sheriff Jim McDonnell said.
Temple Station deputies became suspicious of the man's demeanor and watched him as he went to his vehicle.
At one point, a team of deputies approached the SUV with guns drawn to get a view inside the vehicle.
A SWAT team arrived about 20 minutes later and found the man dead inside the vehicle.
A Los Angeles County sheriff's spokeswoman says a man who fired at sheriff's deputies in the parking lot of a suburban sheriff's station has died. "It appears at this time that the suspect is deceased by way of a self- inflicted gunshot wound".
Investigators do not know how many shots were fired.
Details about the shooting were not immediately available, but shots were fired at the station located in the 8800 block of East Las Tunas Drive, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Deputy Rodriguez confirmed.
A gunman was reported in the parking lot, and Temple City personnel attempted to neutralize the threat before the L.A. County Sheriff's Department Special Enforcement Bureau "assumed command of the tactical response", according to the Sheriff's Department.