L.A. County Deputy Shot By Firefighter Husband In Alleged Murder-Suicide
An L.A. County firefighter allegedly shot and killed his wife, a sheriff's deputy—while at home with their 6-year-old son—before taking his own life.
Deputies responded to reports of a woman screaming at a home in the 5000 block of Crown Avenue in La Canada Flintridge around 10 p.m. Sunday night, reports KTLA. When they arrived, they found the door open and inside, the deputy—a 32-year-old woman—dead of an apparent gunshot wound. Her identity has not yet been released, but she's described as an off-duty L.A. County Sheriff's deputy who had been with the department for two years. An initial investigation indicates that she and her husband—a county firefighter—had been involved in a fight, before he allegedly shot her and fled the home.
Soon after, LAPD officers found the body of the husband—dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound—at a county fire facility in Pacoima. He was found inside of a county vehicle. The firefighter—whose identity has also not yet released—is said to have been a 5-year veteran of the county Fire Department.
The couple leave behind a six-year old son who was in the home at the time of the shooting. Investigators, however, have not yet determined if the child witnessed the incident. The father reportedly dropped the son off with family members after leaving the home and before going to the fire facility.
The motive of the apparent murder-suicide is currently under investigation, and according to Lt. David Coleman of the sheriff's Homicide Bureau, investigators have not yet determined if there was a history of marital problems or domestic violence.
“It’s tragic that it comes to ending like that, and especially when there is a child involved,” Coleman told KTLA at an early morning press conference. “Certainly the families are really going to be affected by it, and our great concern right now is the well-being of the child. How he’s going to move forward with both parents gone.”