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UPDATE: Reserve officer shoots at hot prowl burglar in Canyon Country home

Suspect escapes with 2 purses; it was unknown whether he was hit by gunfire

Posted: August 30, 2013 9:24 a.m.
Updated: August 30, 2013 6:52 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA -  Santa Clarita Valley detectives were investigating a shooting Friday that involved an off-duty Baldwin Park reserve police officer and a hot-prowl burglar, a spokesman said.

The reserve officer, whose name was not released, was in his Canyon Country home with his family late Thursday night when he discovered a burglar had broken into the residence and was standing in the kitchen, said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The reserve officer fired a gun once at the burglar, who escaped through a broken sliding glass door, Dubin said. It was unknown whether he was hit by the gunfire.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the home off Lost Canyon Road around 11:15 p.m. Thursday on a report of a hot prowl burglar. Dubin said such cases, which involve a burglar breaking into a home while occupants are inside, are particularly worrisome for law enforcement because of their potential for violent confrontation.

The reserve officer, who was home with his wife and children, heard a loud crash and went to investigate, Dubin said. The home’s rear sliding glass door had been smashed open and the perpetrator was standing in the kitchen, he said.

The reserve officer grabbed his handgun, which was stored nearby, pointed it at the perpetrator and ordered him to lie down on the floor.

“The suspect started to run for the open sliding door, hesitated, stopped, and made a movement” — possibly toward the reserve officer, Dubin said.

“The reserve officer fired his weapon at the suspect and the suspect then ran out through the broken sliding door and out of sight.” The reserve officer was believed to have fired only one round, Dubin said.

Two purses were reported missing from the kitchen, and it is believed the hot-prowl burglar took them, he said.

A baseball-sized rock was found near the smashed sliding door.

Sheriff’s deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley and Palmdale stations, as well as SCV detectives, set up a containment area and searched for the suspect but did not find him, Dubin said.

The suspect was described as a male, 15 to 20 years old, approximately 5 foot 7 inches tall and weighing approximately 150 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding the incident was asked to contact the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121.


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