Fire station shooting kills one in US city of Los Angeles

Fire station shooting kills one in US city of Los Angeles

Fire station shooting kills one in US city of Los Angeles

An off-duty firefighter fatally shot a colleague at a Los Angeles County fire station in Agua Dulce, officials said Tuesday.

"He was a fearless, committed, loyal member of our department for over 20 years", Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby said. The reported narrative from authorities is that this suspect was off-duty when he shot the 44-year-old firefighter, wounded the captain, and barricaded himself at his home, which ended up on fire.

"It is with heavy hearts that the LACoFD confirms that a tragic shooting occurred at approximately 10:55 a.m. today at FS 81 in Agua Dulce", the Los Angeles County Fire Department said on Twitter.

County law enforcement, fire and elected officials were expected to release details during a 3 p.m. news conference at another fire station.

"This morning when I received the news, it was some of the worst news that I've heard in my career", Osby said. "As a fire chief, I've dealt with a lot death and fallen members in my department". And I've always prayed that we would never have a line-of-duty death. "I never thought it would occur in this fashion".

As the fire burned and sheriff's deputies amassed in the neighborhood, a man fitting the suspect's description was spotted in the backyard of the home with what deputies in a hovering helicopter described as an apparent self- inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Authorities believe the suspected gunman died from a self-inflicted gunshot following the shooting.

"He was not scheduled to work today".

There was no immediate word on a motive for the shooting. Officials have yet to identify the gunman or victims.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene and found at least one person down, but there were likely more victims, said Deputy Michelle Sanchez, a spokesperson for the Sheriff's Department.

"As a fire chief I never thought when our firefighters face danger that they would face that danger at one of our community fire stations", Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

The Los Angeles Times, citing property records, reported that the home on Bent Spur Drive was owned by a veteran L.A. County firefighter - raising the possibility the shooting may have been workplace-related. "At my direction, flags will be flown half-staff at all County buildings". Police said the suspected shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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