PALMDALE – An armed suicidal man was shot and killed by deputies early Friday morning in Palmdale, authorities said.
The deputy-involved shooting occurred around 3:48 a.m. in the 4200 block of Rancho Vista Boulevard, according to Deputy Ryan Rouzan of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
“Palmdale station deputies received a call of, ‘a man with a gun who was possibly suicidal,’” Rouzan stated. “Upon arrival, deputies contacted the suspect, who pointed a gun at them.”
The man was shot by deputies and pronounced dead at the scene, and a gun was recovered, according to Rouzan.
No deputies were injured during the incident.
The deceased man’s identity has not yet been released pending next of kin notification, coroner’s officials said Friday night.
The man’s friends expressed their grief on The AV Times’ Facebook page Friday evening. According to several of the posted comments, “Will” was a combat veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
“He was a father, he was a service member stricken with PTSD, he was a man who felt the world had crashed down around him. He was that 22nd veteran that daily kills himself because he was cast aside by the system that made him that way,” one friend stated.
Another friend stated he had notified authorities about Will’s emotional state and had tried consoling Will in the hours leading up to the shooting. But Will was set on ending his life that morning, the friend stated.
“Did you know that he had firmly stated he had one round and one round alone for the pistol and it was meant for him? That he had absolutely zero intent to harm anybody else other than to end his own suffering?” the friend posted on Facebook.
Whenever an officer-involved shooting occurs involving Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies, multiple independent investigations immediately begin at the scene. These include separate investigations by the Office of the Los Angeles District Attorney and the Los Angeles County Coroner, as well as investigations by Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau. Attorneys with the Los Angeles Office of Independent Review also respond to the scene, and have full access to the facts known to the Sheriff’s Department throughout every phase of these investigations. Once concluded, every aspect of the shooting is reviewed by the Sheriff’s Executive Force Review Committee.