PALMDALE – An east Palmdale neighborhood was shut down for several hours on Friday as dozens of deputies surrounded a home in the 37700 block of Christensen Court, where a 44-year-old man was barricaded after allegedly shooting his wife. Palmdale deputies risked their lives to rescue the wife, a 49-year-old Palmdale woman who is in serious condition, but is expected to survive. The suspect was found dead inside the home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a press release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. Read it below:
Palmdale Sheriff’s Station received a call this morning [Jan. 17] of a shooting in the 37700 block of Christensen Court, Palmdale. The caller indicated that his mother had just been shot by his stepfather. Deputies responded to the scene as the incident was rapidly unfolding. The suspected shooter was still reportedly inside the house, as were two teenage boys. The first deputies to arrive quickly formulated a plan and managed to convince the young boys to run out of the house. They obtained information from the boys about the female gunshot victim. They learned she was lying, unresponsive, inside the house near the threshold of the front door, which the boys had left open.
With little regard for their safety, the deputies implemented a tactical plan and approached the house, intent on rescuing the gunshot victim. They located the victim, who was bleeding from an apparent gunshot wound, just inside the doorway. As some deputies stepped over the victim to protect her and provide cover for their partners, others formed a circle around her and carried her out of the house.
They carried her more than 50 yards to where the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Engine 93 and Squad 131, had staged. Paramedics began immediately treating the victim and rushed her to a nearby hospital. She underwent surgery for a single gunshot wound to the upper torso and, although indications are very preliminary and she is in serious condition, she is expected to survive.
Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Larry Tucker praised the deputies’ actions, indicating that what they did may very well have saved the woman’s life.
Deputies contained the location where they believed the gunman was holed up. Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) and a Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) were called to the scene.
Entry into the location was made by a Special Weapons Team early this afternoon (Jan. 17). The suspected gunman was found deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau are at the scene continuing the investigation into the death of the suspected shooter.
The name of the suspect is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin and positive identification. There is no further information being made available at this time.