Firefighter killed, another injured in shooting at Los Angeles-area fire station

Ruben Hill
June 2, 2021

"But yet, as a fire chief, I never thought that when our firefighters face danger that they would face that danger in one of our community fire stations".

Sheriff's deputies responded to reports of multiple gunshot victims shortly before 11 Fire Station 81, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of Los Angeles, according to a statement from the county sheriff.

When officers arrived at the home that was on fire, they found an individual in a "small pool" outside the residence with a gunshot wound to the head. The condition of the injured firefighter is not known at this time.

The gunman ran after the shots were fired and has not been located at this time.

Officials said there were four people on shift at the time of the shooting, including the fire captain, specialist, and two firefighters.

The shooting occurred at about 10:55 Fire Station 81 in the 8700 block of Sierra Highway, Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby said.

"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", County Supervisor Hilda Solis tweeted. The body was seen in a seated, slumped- over position inside an apparently empty swimming pool. Fire crews made a water drop on the home in hopes of preventing flames from spreading to nearby brush or other structures, the station said. The suspect is believed to be a disgruntled employee, according to officials.

The suspect reportedly fled the scene in a white SUV and drove to a home.

There was no immediate word on a motive for the shooting.

Fire department crews were held back from attacking the house fire from the ground, with the suspect inside allegedly threatening to shoot anyone who approached the building. He was remembered as a "brave, committed, loyal member" of the department. And I've always prayed that we would never have a line-of-duty death.

Lt. Brandon Dean of the LA County Sheriff's Homicide Bureau, who is leading the law enforcement investigation into the incidents, confirmed during an afternoon press conference that the suspect was an off-duty firefighter who worked at the Agua Dulce station.

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