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UPDATE: Castaic man taken to the hospital after being shot by SCV sheriff's deputies

Posted: October 6, 2013 8:38 p.m.
Updated: October 6, 2013 8:38 p.m.

Homicide detectives are investigating the apparent exchange of gunfire between local sheriff’s deputies and a “suicidal” man in Castaic who was shot and taken to the hospital early Sunday evening, according to officials and neighbors.

The victim, identified by a neighbor as a man in his mid-50s, suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen following at least three shots heard by residents.

Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics were called Sunday to a house on the 28000 block of Cloverleaf Place, a cul-de-sac in Castaic, after a man apparently threatening to kill himself was shot by a local sheriff’s deputy, officials said.

“We got the call as a possible gun shot wound,” said Inspector Tony Imbrenda of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

At 6:30 p.m. Sunday, paramedics took a wounded man - seen by one neighbor as having bandages around his abdomen - from the same location by ambulance to an area hospital, said Fire Department Inspector Michael Pitman.

“Homicide detectives are on the way so you’ll have to get everything from them,” said Lt. Tom Bryski of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The incident began shortly after 5:30 p.m. Sunday when deputies were called by members of a “hysteric family” to a house on Cloverleaf Place for a man in a garage armed with a rifle, a local sheriff’s deputy said.

Shortly before 6 p.m., deputies responding to the house, just west of Quail Valley Road and off of Sloan Canyon Road, were informed by their dispatcher that a woman was in the garage with the man, refusing to leave as ordered by deputies.

The man, identified by neighbors as the woman’s father, was reportedly armed with a knife, with a rifle on the ground near them.

Deputies responding to the scene expressed concern for family members in the house and particularly for a baby, asking responding deputies to report if the baby “was secure,” initial reports indicated.

Three gun shots were heard by at least four residents on Cloverleaf, who were denied temporary access to their homes while deputies investigated the shooting.

In their investigation, deputies placed at least two white indicators - typically used to mark the presence of evidence such as spent firearm shells - on the road near a sheriff’s SUV parked in the middle of the street in front of the garage.

According to the neighbor, who asked not to be identified, the man fired at deputies who then returned fire from behind the SUV and shot the man.

Shortly after 6 p.m., one deputy reported that she had one suspect detained.

When asked if a sheriff’s deputy had fired at the suspect, she affirmed that indeed a shot had been fired at the suspect.

Once the victim was taken to the hospital, deputies on the Cloverleaf sidewalk interviewed his wife and his daughter as she held her baby. At 7:30 p.m., the two women and the baby were taken from the scene in a cruiser.

The victim was alive at 7:30 p.m., according to a spokeswoman at the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.


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