Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Steven Craig Owen, a 53-year-old white man, was shot and killed Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the 3200 block of West Avenue J-7 in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Owen, a 29-year department veteran, had responded to a seemingly routine burglary call at an apartment building around 12:35 p.m.
Maria Azuela, 33, had called deputies to her home after a loud noise drew her downstairs, where she spotted a broken glass door.
She ran back upstairs to her bedroom where she waited with her 7-month-old baby. Moments later, she heard gunshots. From her bedroom window, Azuela saw a man lying motionless on his stomach. It was Owen.
A deputy who was at the front of the building ran toward the sound of the gunfire and found the wounded sergeant.
The gunman, meanwhile, ran to the front of ...