LASD SERGEANT DIES AFTER BEING SHOT IN LANCASTER; 1 IN CUSTODY
“A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sergeant died after being shot during a deputy-involved shooting in Lancaster, authorities said.
The department identified him as Steve Owen, 53, a 29-year veteran of the department who had spent the last five years at the Lancaster Station.
Owen and another deputy had responded to a burglary call around noon in the 3200 block of West Avenue J7, sheriff’s officials said. The area was contained and during the containment gunfire was heard in the back of the location.”
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Steven Owen, Los Angeles Sheriff’s sergeant, 53
– LA Observed
“Folks, Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant Steven Owen, a 29-year veteran, was shot today while responding to a home burglary call in Lancaster. He died later at Antelope Valley Hospital. Owen, 53, is the first member of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to be fatally shot in more than a decade. He leaves a wife, mother and adult children. Owen’s wife is a sheriff’s detective.
A second deputy was injured during the chaotic scene at an apartment building on West Avenue J-7 in the high desert city.
According to media reports, Owen and his partner answered the burglary call and when Owen checked the rear of the building., he was confronted and shot. While the second deputy ran toward the gunshots, the gunman jumped in the deputies’ patrol car and tried to flee. After the second deputy opened fire and the patrol car crashed, the gunman fled on foot into an occupied nearby home.
A teenager inside the home texted for help and a SWAT team forced the gunman out. After he jumped a fence into another yard, the suspect was taken into custody.
Authorities say the suspected gunman is a 27-year-old parolee who lives in the Antelope Valley. He was armed, officials said.”
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As more Inmates are Released from prison, more parolees return under Gov Brown’s Early Release
– LA Times
“Randy Whittenburg was a “commendable” candidate for release from prison.
After 31 years behind bars for his role in a Los Angeles strong-arm robbery that ended in murder, Whittenburg had earned four vocational certificates; completed Bible study, anger management and 12-step programs; and accumulated a file of prison officials’ praise. He was married and had detailed plans for success.
Eighteen months after he was paroled in 2011, the 47-year-old was jobless, separated from his wife and riding around L.A. on a bicycle, packing heat. When his girlfriend locked him out, he fired his gun into her apartment, hitting her.
“God gave you a second chance,” she whispered to him from her hospital bed the next morning. A recorded phone line in the L.A. County Jail captured her incredulity. “Why would you do something like this?”
That troubling question is increasingly being repeated at parole hearings across California as the number of inmates with life sentences who are granted release skyrockets under Gov. Jerry Brown. Currently nearly 2,000 murderers, hit men and robbers who spent decades locked up and now range from middle-aged to elderly are trying to find their way. Most succeed, but each month a few more fail, returning to the drugs and crime that put them in prison and raising public safety concerns.
California is one of four states in which the governor has final authority over parole decisions. A Times analysis of parole records found that Brown has allowed parole for 1,963 inmates with life sentences — more inmates than four governors released in the 27 years before he was elected.”
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