UPDATE: After getting interrogated, Deputy Angel Reinosa admitted that there was no sniper, no shots fired and no gunshot injury, and he actually caused the holes in his uniform shirt by cutting it with a knife, officials said. Read our UPDATED STORY at: https://theavtimes.com/2019/08/25/lancaster-deputy-fabricated-claim-that-he-was-shot/
LANCASTER – A deputy was struck by gunfire Wednesday when he and other deputies were ambushed outside the Lancaster sheriff’s station, prompting a lockdown of the station and a massive search for the shooter.
The shots rang out at 2:48 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the sheriff’s station at 501 W. Lancaster Blvd., according to Deputy Morgan Arteaga of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
The deputy was wounded in the right shoulder, Arteaga said. According to reports from the scene, the deputy was able to walk inside the station and was in stable condition when taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Other deputies were fired on, as well, but were not wounded, Arteaga said.
A containment perimeter was set up and dozens of SWAT deputies descended on the scene via helicopter and armored vehicles. The search appeared to be centered on an apartment complex adjacent to the sheriff’s station, indicating the shots may have been fired from that building.
Apartment complex residents were sheltering in place, Deputy Marvin Crowder said. The incident is ongoing, and no further information was immediately available.
UPDATE: Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris issued the following statement regarding the incident:
Today, the active shooter epidemic gripping our nation hit much closer to home. Deputy Angel Reinosa, a 21 year-old Patrol Trainee with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), was struck by gunfire at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
As a City that has been rocked to its core by officer involved shootings before, I feel we are all truly blessed that this situation did not escalate further. The Lancaster community and I offer our sincerest gratitude to the Sheriff’s Department for the quick thinking of their deputies and staff, as well as keeping a strong and open line of communication with our City’s Public Safety Department. I would also like to thank all of the emergency response agencies for providing additional personnel to support local law enforcement efforts, demonstrating a true coming together of the community.
Thankfully, Deputy Reinosa has been treated for his wound and is recovering. We ask that you keep Deputy Reinosa and all of our first responders in your prayers. I am confident that local law enforcement will apprehend the person responsible for this act, and that they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of law.”
UPDATE: View video from the mayor’s press conference that took place shortly after the shooting:
UPDATE: Mayor Parris takes questions from reporters:
UPDATE: The search at an apartment building and the surrounding area concluded early Thursday morning (Aug. 22). The shooter remains at large.
59 comments for "Deputy wounded in ambush outside Lancaster Sheriff’s Station [updated]"
Danelda Robbins says
What about the other deputies that s were supposedly shot at? Where did that comment originate?
Matt K. says
Just wondering when the apologies will begin by all of the Republicans on here and on the AV LACSD Scanner facebook page? ….You know, the same people who post all of the time about how awful the Antelope Valley is, how “ghetto” it is, “trash” this and “trash” that…
I predict there will be an intense period of silence by these people now.
Registered Republican says
As a Republican, I apologize that Mayor Parris is a Republican. He is a terrible example of not only a Republican but a leader. Lying, deceit and bizarre statements are not what a mayor should be known for, and yet those are daily occurrences with him.
Parris isn’t the way he is because he’s a Republican.
I’m an Independent, not GOP, but are you suggesting the AV ISN’T “ghetto” because of this incident ???
Jail Bird says
It did seem odd to build a housing building adjacent to a jail..
Poor security. Housing unit allowed for observation of comings and goings.
Jails are a high risk target. Everywhere.
Wonder who was in charge of Sheriff Dept when decision was made to relocate jail from 10th West.
Or if they even consulted.
Need to move it closer to the Court House.
Convert old site to a Starbucks?
Van Dammit says
Here’s what Rex had to say at the grand opening ——
“As part of the Lancaster Downtown Revitalization Project, this facility is an example of the projects we want to incorporate into our community. Programs and services which serve the citizens and improve their quality of life are essential to the growth of Lancaster,” commented Lancaster Mayer R. Rex Parris.
By the way, the City of Lancaster provided the land for this project for $1.00. The City also found the developer for the project (Scott Ehrlich’s In Site. Sound familiar?) and provided $500,000 of HOME funds toward its completion.
Now Rex is lying about it. What a shocker.
I lived in the AV before the 14 came through and moved out of state 13 yrs ago. This is just to say I know the area very well. Why is it a problem for the mentally ill living near a police station??
concerned AV realtor says
Interesting facts many AV residents may not be aware of.
530 Jackman (aka the apartments the shooter shot from) are owned by Leaps and Bounds LP (aka National Mental Health Assoc. of Greater Los Angeles)
Leaps and Bounds LP is likely Affiliate and subsidiary of Eglash Real Estate Management Inc
One of the corporate board members for Eglash Management Inc is Scott Ehrlich
Scott Ehrlich is/was a main partner/developer of Rex’s beloved and failed BLVD experiment, one of the streets in “downtown” Lancaster was named for him and his ambition (but far more likely his $$$$$)
Ehrlich is owner/corporate member of Lancaster Promenade Ii Llc owner of The BLVD Cinemas
R. Rex Parris has represented Leap and Bounds LP AKA the owners of the apartment complex as recently as 2017 (so arguably aware of the property’s existing location)
So when Parris gets the microphone thrust in face and exclaims “Let’s be realistic, it’s outrageous to have that population in that location” and “It’s not just a four-story apartment building; it’s a four-story apartment building that is government-subsidized for mentally ill people,” he said. “Why do you put mentally ill people in a four-story building across from the Sheriff’s Department? It’s indefensible and something has to be done about it.”
AS to how and why that building was built in that location, adjacent to the Sheriffs Station the correct answer is……..
A.) the City of Lancaster Building commission and B.)certainly his affiliates/cronies and likely he, himself.
I smell some 8ull$hit, but then again, that could just be his own brand.
Outstanding, factual and informative post. Thanks.
Now that’s what’s up my friend….good info!
Ray Ray says
Nothing happens in Lancaster that will make money that Rex doesn’t have his hands on. He is a lying, greedy, and evil prick.
Lancaster is the best city in the world. Let’s keep it that way.
You’re kidding, right?
It is a hoax.
There was no sniper.
He probably shot himself accidentally or did something stupid.
That would explain why everything has gone quiet.
They are trying to come up with a story to justify that huge response of vehicles I saw on the 14 last night with lights and sirens coming from LA.
You called it.
RANDY JACOBS says
LASD AND VILLANUEVA NEED TO LOOK CLOSELY AT TRUMP SUPPORTERS LIVING IN THAT COMPLEX THEY ARE THE ONES DOING ALL THE SHOOTING ALL OVER THE U.S THIS NEEDS TO STOP
Of course you would says
OG from the AV says
What an ignorant thing to say.
Arbitrarily pinning this on Trump supporters is as ignorant a statement as I’ve seen since William’s last post.
You are the champion of ignorant statements, Trumpist#1, and then you project your ignorance on others. That’s what you do. And, you are good at it.
People who knowing that Trump has lied over 10,000 times, is a corrupt, cheating businessman with absolutely no integrity, lives in a fantasy world where he’s the King of Israel and wanted to buy Greenland from Denmark, buld a wall that Mexico will pay for but really isn’t, promises better, cheaper healthcare to replace Obamacare but didn’t in his first 2 years with a Republican majority in both Houses of Congress, was shown to obstruct justice from 5 to 10 times in the Mueller report (impeachable crimes) and has devastated farmers in the Midwest with his ill-informed notion of how tariffs work and so on and so forth, (That’s not the whole list.) are either misinformed by Fox News, willfully ignorant or want to destroy this country from the inside like Trump and his buddy Putin are attempting.
You were conned and apparently are still being conned. It’s hard to admit that isn’t it, Trumpist#1? How were Trump ‘universtiy’ and his Trump Steaks and all those businesses that the great deal maker lost to bankruptcies? Your judgment isn’t really very good. You see a shady business guy and think he makes a good president. Not smart is it?
Yes, Trumps followers are unpatriotic and treasonous, if we actually were in a declared war with Russia. But, they will be shown what they stupidity cost them when Trump is frogmarched out of the White House in the next year.
If the thought of that upsets you, GOOD!!!! You will have deserved it.
So, Trumpist#1, is your hero The Chosen One?
Hey, dont bring trump steaks into this argument.
Yeah, bringing up Trump steaks really offends me too, sob, sob. That’s a low blow. I haven’t felt this bad since you called me Daffy Duck.
Seriously, you seem like an intelligent guy. You can’t really believe the hysterical propaganda you spew, can you?
Actually it’s all the people with TDS that live in those apartments.
LOL, yeah, we should have special housing facilities like that for people delirious, delusional or hysterical with TDS.
Ready to move in William?
Or do you already live there?? LOL
I blame MentalHealth America for a lot of the problems we are experiencing in Lancaster and Palmdale.
I know one case where the person came out to California from Pennsylvannia and she has no relatives in California or ties to the community, yet, MHA got her set up in their system and got MediCal payments going to her and free enrollment at AV College, all at the taxpayers expense so that they could make money.
This is a common practice at MHA and I think we need to call them into question.
Embarassed Citizen says
Parris saying that the Mentally ill are the lowest of the low, he has to go! Saying the building needs to be demolished, please. Just so he can get his way, again. To fill it with his friends. Parris you are not a public speaker, you are an embarrassment to the City of Lancaster.
Put Law Enforcement, Public Safety first!
Get a Grip REX..I use to support you but now after hearing racial remarks against the mentally ill..Hey there are also families in that apartment complex and how many shots happened in the last week alone in tge neiborhood yet even the city! You need to be replaced the next thing you eill go after is
You sound smart says
When did the mentally ill become a race? It’s not always about racial implications. Plus look at the voter turnout last mayoral elections. Then ask yourself why he keeps getting elected. Seems as though there are many people who want him out, yet I could imagine that most didn’t even bother to vote. Facts
You sound smart: Finally, a commenter that knows why Parris has been mayor for four terms. Last election 11.2% voted.
Lancaster has stupid voters. You can’t fix stupid. Unless the 88% of registered voters who didn’t vote in the last election have a brain and vote, we can finally rid ourselves of this kook. If not, we’re stuck with more racist hit mailers, scapegoating of the mentally ill, suggestions like carry a gun and shoot homeless who rob you, the Eye in the Sky, bird sounds to reduce crime, black road paint, and other insane comments and ideas.
How did he make Racist remarks against the mentally ill?
Non lib grow up says
These libs make everything about race
white and right sounding hipster says
no, brown hipsters make it about race. Thats why the beats got lame and more like ABBA sounding. enough.
He sent out a racist hit mailer calling an African American veteran a gang candidate when he was running for city council.
Who gives a rats a$$? Jon Ervin is one of the most corrupt ba$tards to have ever set foot in this area. Trust me, as a Democrat who once worked with him, I should know! He would be 10 times worse than Rex in office!
I don’t know if Ervin is corrupt or not, but he’s not affiliated with gangs. Rex sent out a racist hit mailer saying just that.
Ervin isn’t the first person that Rex has destroyed through his lies. Remember Raymond Lee Jennings, Randy Floyd, Esmeralda Jorge, and Jim Ledford? All accused by Rex, all had their lives ruined and all walked free eventually, except Ledford who is still in process. Wanna bet he walks free too?
Rex is a plague to this community. No one would ever be 10 times worse than that lying, racist, and demented fool.
Lol I agree totally. He also said that he couldn’t believe the Comey was right next to a sheriff station. I dont understand, If he wouldnt want this next to a sheriff station, then why put it somewhere else next to normal population. If the police cant even defend themselves, how are we supposed to?
by taking over the building next door.(the sheriffs)
…the sheriffs takin over the building next door.(not you)
Jack Johnson says
Rex your an idiot. You have such a way with words. The sheriff’s station and apartment complex has been located next to each other as long as you’ve been mayor so that was no factor. Also, why do act surprised that this happened in your city , there’s consistently worse crime happening all the time under you watch. In addition, the people of Lancaster are idiots for electing such a moron time after time. Rex and the city of Lancaster is nothing but trash, full of drug addicts, thugs and ran by degenerate city officials. If Lancaster wants to save their city, they better vote someone with f…king brains and morals in 2020.
Why are you not suprised that this happened? Red flags! All I ever wanted to do was bombard them with perverts at their front door. But this?… This?… Nah no bueeno.
Although Rex is imperfect he doesnt shoulder the blame on this. Many a deputy said that building was a bad idea from the beginning. It was originally planned to have balconies facing the station. Then it was stated that some sort of barrier/wall would be erected. Even solar panels over the parking lot were discussed. To be clear, who resides in that complex is not important. The fact that a four story complex was built next to the station was a bad idea and many people knew it.
Please correct me if I’m wrong, but is’nt that a sec8 building? They must have a nice view on top. A view right into the sherriffs backyard. Its bad enough that the sheriffs dont have the privacy to sunbathe. The government should convert it to an extension of the sheriffs department. Fill it with armed paper-pushers.
No, its a lice-infested trailer park
Bummer. Sometimes I wish I had the right angle to throw multiple poof pies. This crap is uncalled for. Convert that building.
Is Lancaster east of the freeway North Compton at this point?
No, but the little chunk around AV high school, from Sierra Highway to Challenger and Avenue I to Avenue K, is pretty nasty. West of Sierra Highway is much better.
But you’ve gotta take that with a grain of salt because there are nicer neighborhoods sprinkled into that area too.
I guess we’ve finally graduated and now we’re up there with the other ghetto cities!
Prayers for the Deputy who was shot. The LEOs will catch this evildoer and bring him to justice.
Rex on TV was awful. An inconvenience? No Rex. It was tragic. You talk too much and make us look bad. Go away.
Blight on the BLVD says
WE MUST STOP THIS
Just another day in a deteriorating country…
No More says
Has Parris lost his mind? Rhetorical question. Blaming MMA for this is disgusting. After telling residents to arm themselves with guns and to shoot the homeless if they rob you, and now his latest response, it’s time for him to go. Pack up the family and stay at your beach house in Laguna. Please! You make us look like a bunch of idiots when you speak. Who votes for someone like you? Heaven help us.
Yet morons continue to vote for this louse.
RB Harris says
He SHOULD blame MHA! We should all blame MHA! They have contributed to the downfall of our community just so that they can keep government money coming in. The people who run MHA don’t even live in our community, they live in Santa Clarita.
They are pimping our community out to make money to take with them back to Santa Clarita. Think about that for a minute…
It’s disgusting and we need to say enough is enough!
Why don’t they build housing for the mentally ill in Santa Clarita?
I hate the people who come here and take advantage of the AV while ruining our community.
If what you say is true, they are coming up here to make money and it is causing us more problems, then every night they get to drive home to their “perfect” Stepford community while we get the crazies, the criminals and welfare recipients.