PALMDALE – A 31-year-old Hispanic man was shot and killed after grabbing and shooting a deputy’s gun during a violent altercation with deputies, authorities said.
The incident happened around 6 p.m., Friday (Aug. 3) in the 38500 Block of Larkin Avenue in Palmdale, according to Sheriff’s Homicide Lieutenant Mike Rosson.
Rosson said deputies had been trying to apprehend the man because he was suspected of assaulting a couple moments earlier on 5th street east near Avenue Q-3.
“The male victim and the female victim were struck with a metal-type object,” Rosson said.
Rosson said the male victim, an off-duty police officer, flagged down a passing sheriff’s patrol car, explained what happened, and gave a description of the suspect.
Deputies found the suspect on Larkin Avenue near Avenue Q-3 a short time later, Rosson said.
“They saw the suspect standing in the middle of the street,” Rosson said. “The deputies approached the suspect in their car.”
The man ran away, jumped a fence into the backyard of a vacant home, and fought with deputies when cornered, Rosson said.
“At some point in time, the deputy’s weapon was taken out of his holster by the suspect,” Rosson said. “The suspect was able to shoot two to three rounds with the deputy’s gun. Deputies returned fire and a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”
The man was shot multiple times in the upper torso, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, Rosson said.
No deputies were struck by the gunfire.
“However, one got himself a broken hand in the altercation,” Rosson added.
The man and woman, allegedly assaulted by the suspect, were treated at a local hospital and released, Rosson said.
UPDATED 8/4/12 at 11:30 a.m. – The man shot dead by deputies has been identified as Javier Salvador Ortiz, a 31-year-old resident of San Fernando, according to the Los Angeles Coroners office.
UPDATED 8/4/12 at 11:30 p.m. – The Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau has released a press report with new details on the deputy-involved shooting. Read the entire press release below:
Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding a deputy-involved shooting that occurred in the 38500 block of Larkin Avenue, Palmdale.
Palmdale Station deputies responded to a call of a male acting violently, family members reported that the male relative was possibly under the influence of drugs. However, he left the location prior to the deputies’ arrival.
Deputies began searching the area for this individual. While deputies were patrolling the area, they were flagged down by an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer who told them that he and his fiance had just been assaulted by a male, with a metal pipe. The suspect matched the description of the person the deputies were searching for.
Two deputies saw a man matching the description of the suspect, standing in the middle of the street in the 38500 block of Larkin Avenue. When the suspect saw the deputies, he fled into the rear yard of a residence. The deputies followed the suspect into the rear yard.
The suspect attempted to scale a high block wall, but deputies were able to pull the suspect down from the wall and a physical altercation ensued.
During the fight the suspect gained control of one of the deputy’s duty weapon, and pointed it at him. The deputy quickly pushed the suspect’s hands upward and at that moment the suspect fired at least one shot into the air.
The deputy drew his back-up weapon and fired multiple rounds at the suspect. Simultaneously, the second deputy saw the suspect with a gun and fired multiple shots at the suspect.
The suspect was struck multiple times in the upper torso; he collapsed and dropped the deputy’s duty weapon. Paramedics pronounced the suspect dead at the scene.
One deputy sustained a broken hand during the altercation and was treated at a local hospital. The assault victims were also treated and released from a local hospital.
No deputies or civilians were struck by the suspect’s gunfire.