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LA County Sheriff’s Deputy Shot In Parking Lot Of Lancaster Station, Suspect Still At Large

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LANCASTER (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a tweet that two adults were detained Wednesday night in Lancaster after a sheriff’s station was targeted by gunfire, leaving one deputy wounded, but said that the suspect was still at large.

The deputy, identified as 21-year-old Angel Reinosa, was shot in the shoulder. According to the sheriff’s department, Reinosa had been stationed in Lancaster for three months as part of the patrol division.

The shooting was reported just before 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Lancaster Sheriff’s station in the 500 block of Lancaster Blvd., according to sheriff’s officials.

Deputy Morgan Arteaga of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said that other deputies were fired upon, but escaped uninjured. The deputies were in the parking lot behind the station when the shots were fired.

The gunfire was directed toward the station’s helipad area, the Los Angeles Times reported. The shots were believed to have been fired from an adjacent apartment building that, according to Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris, housed mentally ill residents.

“It’s a building filled with people who are being treated for mental illness, of course it’s a concern,” Parris said. “Of course it’s insanity to allow such a facility to exist in that particular location. He can’t say it, because the sheriff’s department has to be really politically correct about all this stuff, but let’s be realistic. It’s outrageous to have that population in that location, and thank God we’re not talking about a funeral as a result of it.”

A perimeter was set up in the area and Reinosa was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released. Officials said the officer was with his family and doing well.

The area of Lancaster and Sierra Highway were locked down during the investigation.

LASD Special Weapons Team were on scene and reportedly going door to door in search of the gunman.

L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who represents the 5th District which includes Lancaster, issued the following statement in response to the shooting:

“I’m outraged that someone would target one of our brave deputies who work so hard to protect our communities. I stand in solidarity with the Sheriff’s Dept. in hoping the suspect is found quickly and brought to justice – and that our deputy has a full and speedy recovery. I have been in contact with the Sheriff and the Mayor to offer any assistance or resources needed.”


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