Standoff ends, shooting suspect on the loose

The Special Enforcement Bureau assisted Palmdale Station with a barricaded suspect investigation Friday evening at the Desert Vista Apartments at 38240 5th Street East in Palmdale. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – Several streets were blocked off Friday evening, as dozens of deputies, a K-9 unit, a sheriff’s helicopter and the Special Enforcement Bureau Team swarmed the Desert Vista Apartments in east Palmdale, where a shooting suspect was thought to be barricaded.

More than four hours later, the incident ended without an arrest, and the alleged shooter remains on the loose.  The following is the press report from the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau:

The 39-year-old gunshot victim was treated and released from an area hospital. He could not identify a shooter Friday evening. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

On the early evening of Friday, December 21, 2012, deputies from the Palmdale station responded to the 38100 block of 5th Street East regarding a gunshot victim.

The victim, a [39-year-old] male adult, was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Upon deputies’ arrival at the location, an African American male was seen running from underneath a car and into an apartment.

There were several loud noises (possible gunshots) heard from within the apartment.

The barricaded man told deputies he ran into the apartment after the shooting because he was afraid. He was not arrested. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

Deputies contained the apartment and began evacuating the residents of the apartment complex. The deputies believed there was a barricaded suspect inside the apartment, who would not exit upon their requests.

The Special Enforcement Bureau was notified and a team responded.

The location was secured, and an approved search warrant was obtained by Palmdale Station detectives. The search warrant was served and several residents were briefly detained and identified during the investigation.

(Photo by LUIS MEZA)

A resident said he ran into the apartment after the shooting because he was afraid.

The victim was released from the hospital after being treated for his gunshot wound. The victim could not positively identify any of the residents inside the apartment as the suspect in this incident.

Authorities blocked off 5th Street East, from Palmdale Boulevard to Avenue R, to allow for the investigation. The containment was established around 7:45 p.m. and lifted shortly before midnight. The shooting remains under investigation.

Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station at 661-272-2400. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

  25 comments for “Standoff ends, shooting suspect on the loose

  1. Andrew
    December 23, 2012 at 4:35 am

    Conptons’, Watts’, south central’s finest!!!!

    • T-Bone
      December 23, 2012 at 9:36 am

      You might as well add Palmdale and Lancaster to that list…That is where we rank now!

      • Tom F
        December 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm

        you think its bad here go to Victorville, Rialto or San Bernardino!

        This is paradise!

        • T-Bone
          December 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

          Yeah, SB County has always been the armpit of California. I can’t argue that!

      • sikntired
        December 23, 2012 at 9:41 pm

        That was the plan.You can thank all the developers who saw this future for us and consorted with the LA. gentrification plan.and don’t be calling me paranoyd, William.

        • Tom F
          December 24, 2012 at 12:15 am

          It’s slowly getting better here in the AV. We don’t have the available housing stock and the investors have pretty much done all of the damage they’re gonna do. A lot of the ghetto/thug element are leaving for Vegas and AZ now. I say “good riddance!” and “too bad it couldn’t have been sooner”. You don’t know me and “Tom” is not my name. But I’ve got lots of inside sources and connections at the Los Angeles County Housing Dept., DCFS and the D.A.’s office.

          • ryenisha jackson
            December 24, 2012 at 3:30 am

            yeah this is WAYYYYYYYYYYYY BETTER THEN BEFORE lol you must not come out very often. this is still a very unsafe city to live

          • Diva
            December 24, 2012 at 3:19 pm

            And we know none of them are capable a misleading anyone…right?
            When my neighbor packs up and moves their whole clan/gang, family of misfits and crooks, I’ll start believing that propaganda.

        • sikntired
          December 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm

          Ha ha, Merry Xmas curmudgeon.

  2. Sherrill Hubbard
    December 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Why do you always say East side ? That is not the east side. That is downtown Palmdale . Completely different. I live in South Palmdale . I bet you don’t know where that is either.

    • FUNNY
      December 22, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      UM 5th street east is the east side just saying

      • sikntired
        December 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm

        Probably should refer to it as the Palmdale ghetto.Business as usual, hope his gun was legal.

        • Thomas
          December 22, 2012 at 3:59 pm

          We could call it the projects

          • sikntired
            December 22, 2012 at 6:45 pm

            Ha ha, east coast style.

          • sikntired
            December 23, 2012 at 10:55 am

            Hey why the thumbs down, that’s what they’re called back east, “the projects “.

    • ryenisha jackson
      December 24, 2012 at 3:31 am

      lol lol lol are you high

      • sikntired
        December 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm

        Merry Xmas Ryenisha ‘whatcha doing up so early?

  3. Letlow
    December 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    What a big hoopla and waste of money and resources for nothing!

    Poor children in the complex were probably scared sh*tless! Why didn’t this guy just come outside when asked?! Why did he remain barricaded if he didn’t do anything wrong? So many questions…

    • sikntired
      December 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Let,are you being sarcastic?He’s a criminal and didn’t want to go back to jail I betcha.

      • Letlow
        December 22, 2012 at 4:32 pm

        He may have been a criminal for something or the other, but he was obviously not the man for that shooting. Hiding out only made him look guilty and wasted resources. He could have been killed had they forced entry.

        • sikntired
          December 22, 2012 at 6:44 pm

          What a shame that would have been.

    • rome
      December 23, 2012 at 10:56 am

      These kids grow up with an “us against them” attitude towards law enforcement because of all of the police abuse that happens in the Compton’s and Watts’. He probably believed the deputies were shooting. We all know that they high five their shootings. These Gestapo should clean up their image in those neighborhoods so that the citizens can trust them to protect them.

      • sikntired
        December 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm

        These kids grow up with an “I am entitled attitude ” because of many reasons.criminal parents and neighbors and bleeding heart liberals who think that not being held accountable for their actions builds character.
        It’s not the police who are abusing them, mostly they are abusing each other

        • William
          December 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

          Speaking of ‘entitled people’, Romney’s son ‘Tagg’ said that Mitt didn’t really want to be president after running for the office several times and spending years campaigning for it.

          Can you imagine how his supporters and donor$ feel hearing that?

          That is one sick family. Good riddance.

          • ed
            December 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm

            Ace?, calling somebody BORE-RING. WOW!

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