An off-duty colleague reportedly opened fire at a fire station in Southern California on Tuesday, Firefighter Killed In Shooting Los Angeles County Fire Department member and badly injuring a captain, according to authorities.
According to detectives, the unnamed suspect was discovered dead at his home, which had burnt to the ground, from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a shooting was reported at 10:53 a.m. local time at Los Angeles County Fire Station 81 in Agua Dulce.
Officers arrived on the site and discovered a fire department expert, 44 years old and with 20 years of experience with the department, deceased on the spot. At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, LA County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby said a second casualty, a 54-year-old captain, was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and was undergoing surgery.
According to Osby, the captain is in critical but stable condition.
“As a fire chief, I’ve seen a lot of death and lost a lot of people in my department. I always hoped we wouldn’t have a line-of-duty fatality, and if we did, it would be in this manner “During the press conference, a visibly distraught Osby stated.
According to Lt. Brandon Dean of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, members of the firehouse recognized the suspect to investigators and provided a description of his getaway car. The suspect, according to Osby, was assigned to the station as a specialist who wasn’t scheduled to work on Tuesday.
The residence was on fire when cops arrived, and they discovered who they believe to be the culprit in the rear pool area with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot, Dean said.
The home was doused with water by a fire helicopter, but it burnt to the ground.
The inquiry is still underway, but neither the fire department nor the police has found a motive.
Osby claimed he never expected his comrades to be in danger within their own “safe haven.” He stated that the department will send counselors and other support personnel to the fire department in order to help them cope with the emotional stress.