Suspect in custody after sheriff’s sergeant is fatally shot near California school

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LANCASTER, Calif. – A veteran sheriff's sergeant has died after being shot while responding to a residential burglary call, and a suspect was taken into custody after a nearly two-hour search that prompted a shelter-in-place order at Antelope Valley College Wednesday afternoon.

A man surrenders after a sheriff's sergeant was shot in Lancaster on Oct. 5, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

A man surrenders after a sheriff's sergeant was shot in Lancaster on Oct. 5, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

The shooting occurred at 12:35 p.m. in the 3200 block of West Avenue J-7, according to Deputy Mike Barraza with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lancaster Station.

The area is a couple blocks north of the Antelope Valley College campus, and a SWAT team and dozens of deputies could be seen responding to a residential area there.

Preliminary information indicated a deputy was struck by gunfire and taken to a hospital.

He later said a sergeant and a deputy were both shot. That information was later corrected, with sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida saying only a sergeant was shot. That sergeant later died.

A sheriff's SWAT team responds near where a sergeant was shot in Lancaster on Oct. 5, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

A sheriff's SWAT team responds near where a sergeant was shot in Lancaster on Oct. 5, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Aerial video just after 2 p.m. showed a man coming out of a home and lying down in the backyard of a home next to a pool. He was taken into custody at the front of the home without incident, Sky5 video showed.

Nishida confirmed about 2:15 p.m. that one person was in custody and no suspects were outstanding.

The circumstances that led to the shooting are not known.

Barraza said there was a call for service that prompted authorities' response, but he didn't know what the call was about.

Authorities respond in Lancaster after a sergeant was shot on Oct. 5, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Authorities respond in Lancaster after a sergeant was shot on Oct. 5, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Richard Licon confirmed a gunshot-wound patient was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital. An "officer down" was reported by the Sheriff's Department, Licon said.

Students at Antelope Valley College took to Twitter to report hearing gunshots in the noon hour.

Just after 1 p.m., the college warned people on campus to shelter in place or avoid the area due to an "armed suspect in vicinity."


KTLA's Jennifer Thang contributed to this article.

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