AGUA DULCE (CBSLA) – A firefighter was shot and killed and another was injured by an off-duty firefighter at a Los Angeles County Fire Department station in Agua Dulce Tuesday morning.
A body, believed to have been the shooter, was later found at a home that was on fire nearby.
The shooting took place at about 10:50 a.m. at LACFD Station No. 81 in the 8700 block of Sierra Highway.
“It is with heavy hearts that the LACoFD confirms that a tragic shooting occurred,” the Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted.
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 Dept. is still in the process of gathering additional information & are cooperating with law enf. throughout this ongoing incident. (1/2)
— L.A. County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) June 1, 2021
During a 3 p.m. news conference, Fire Chief Daryl Osby said, “It is with a heavy heart that I stand here and say that one of our firefighter specialists succumbed to his injuries.” He said the shooting, “was some of the worst news that I’ve heard in my career.”
Osby confirmed that a 44-year-old male who had worked with the department for over 20 years was killed in the shooting. He said a 54-year-old fire captain sustained a gunshot wound and was in critical but stable condition after being airlifted to Henry Mayo Hospital in Valencia.
Osby said the shooter was an off-duty firefighter who was not scheduled to work Tuesday. He said the shooter returned to his house, barricaded himself, set the home on fire and was later found deceased although the coroner had not yet confirmed the identity of the body found at the residence.
Authorities responded to the fire burning at a large home in the 2600 block of Bent Spur Drive in Acton, about 10 miles from the station.
Heavy flames and smoke were seen billowing from the home, and the body with a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound was found in the yard.
Fire crews made a water drop on the home in hopes of preventing flames from spreading to nearby brush or other structures.
The fire continued to burn early Tuesday afternoon, with the bulk of the structure burned to the ground.
Around 2:30 p.m., homicide investigators with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department were seen from SKY2 arriving at Fire Station 81 where the shooting occurred.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis posted to Twitter saying, “My most sincerest condolences to the family of the firefighter who was tragically killed in today’s shooting at Fire Station 81 in Agua Dulce. My thoughts are with our @LACOFD family. At my direction, flags will be flown half-staff at all County buildings.”
My most sincerest condolences to the family of the firefighter who was tragically killed in today’s shooting at Fire Station 81 in Agua Dulce. My thoughts are with our @LACOFD family. At my direction, flags will be flown half-staff at all County buildings. https://t.co/wgxhxH8La8
— Hilda Solis (@HildaSolis) June 1, 2021
Neighbor Carol Dalrymple spoke with CBSLA’s Jeff Nguyen and said the home that was burning was once featured in a designer magazine.
The home was sold less than a year ago for $700,000, according to online real estate records, and Carol Dalrymple says she was unsure if anyone lives there now or if it is being rented.
Agua Dulce is located about 18 miles northeast of the city of Santa Clarita, and about 40 miles north of Los Angeles.