Officials revealed at a press conference that an off-duty firefighter shot two people at a Los Angeles County fire station Tuesday morning, killing one of them.
Officials said the off-duty employee, a firefighting expert, and engineer, was discovered dead in a burning residence about 10 miles from the shooting location. The victims and the suspect have not been identified by authorities.
According to Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby, the shooting occurred approximately 10:50 a.m. PT when officials received reports of a shooting at Fire Station 81 Agua Dulce, California, roughly 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.
According to Brandon Dean of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide division, first responders discovered a 44-year-old man with gunshot wounds to his torso who was pronounced deceased at the site.
According to Osby, the man was a firefighting specialist and engineer who had worked for the department for more than 20 years.
According to Osby, a 54-year-old LAFD captain was found with gunshot wounds and brought to a local hospital, where he is in critical but stable condition.
“I’ve dealt with a lot of death and a lot of fallen members of our department as a fire chief, and I’ve always prayed we wouldn’t have a line-of-duty death,” Osby said through tears.
“I never imagined it would happen in this manner if it did.”
According to Osby, the alleged gunman was not scheduled to work on Tuesday. According to Osby, the shooter and two victims all worked separate shifts.
Dean said investigators acquired a name and vehicle description of the suspect based on witness evidence, which led them to a home approximately 10 miles away in Acton.
When authorities came, the house was on fire, according to Dean. Members of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s SWAT unit were seen being dropped into the fire scene by helicopter.
On Tuesday, June 1, 2021, a house in the 2600 block of W. Bent Spur Drive in Acton, California, burns down.
Deputies discovered a man in a pool with a fatal gunshot wound to the head while battling the fire.
“We’re quite positive it’s our shooter, but we can’t say for sure,” Dean said, adding that it’s unclear whether the suspect’s wound was self-inflicted. There were no shots fired by deputies at the suspect.
“We don’t know what the actual motive is yet,” Dean explained.