SANTA CLARITA – Palmdale Sheriff’s Station deputies responded and assisted with a containment and search late Thursday night for a hot prowl burglar who may have been shot after breaking into a reserve officer’s home.
The incident happened around 11:15 p.m. Thursday in a residential area near Sand Canyon Road and Lost Canyon Road in Canyon Country, according to deputy Joshua Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
A reserve police officer for the Baldwin Park Police Department was at home with his wife and children when he heard a burglar inside his home, Dubin stated.
According to Dubin:
“[The victim] heard a loud crash and when he went to investigate, he saw his rear sliding glass door to his residence was smashed open and the suspect was standing inside his kitchen. The victim quickly retrieved his handgun and ordered the suspect to stop and lay down. He said the suspect hesitated, then moved, possibly toward the victim. The victim fired his gun at the suspect and the suspect ran out through the sliding door and out of sight.”
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies, a Sheriff’s Department patrol helicopter and deputies from Palmdale Sheriff’s Station responded and contained the area to search for the suspect, but the suspect apparently got away.
The suspect has not been identified at this time and it is not known if he was hit by the shot that was fired. The suspect is described as a male, approximately 15 to 20 years old, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighing approximately 150 pounds.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s detectives are handling the criminal investigation.
The victim told detectives that two purses and their contents were stolen from the kitchen area. A large, baseball-sized rock was found inside near the smashed sliding door, Dubin stated.
Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121. Further information will be released as it becomes available.