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- Authorities are continuing their investigation into the Aug. 21 shooting of a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy inside the Lancaster Sheriff Station’s parking lot.
A pellet rifle was recovered from one of the apartments in the complex adjacent to the station, but whether the pellet rifle was the weapon fired at 21-year-old Deputy Angel Reinosa is yet to be determined, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. No arrests have been made.
“The deputy’s uniform and the pellet gun will be sent to the sheriff’s department’s crime lab for forensics testing,” the news release states.
“The deputy sustained a non-penetrating wound to the top of his right shoulder that left a minor injury. Damage consistent with a gunshot was noted to the top right shoulder area of the deputy’s uniform shirt,” the news release states.
The shooting happened around 2:48 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, in the parking lot of the station at 501 W. Lancaster Boulevard. Deputy Reinosa was going to his personal vehicle in the parking lot at the time of the shooting, said Capt. Todd Weber of the sheriff’s Lancaster Station.
“He is doing great, has a minor wound, is in high spirits and should make a full recovery. Very lucky,” Weber said Wednesday.
Reinosa was treated at a hospital and released. He has been with the sheriff’s department for one year and was assigned to patrol training at the Lancaster station in May, Weber said.
A containment perimeter was quickly set up following the shooting. The four-story apartment building where the shots were believed to have originated was locked down, as was a nearby school. The campus was later evacuated and students were released to their parents.
Dozens of SWAT deputies descended on the scene via helicopter and armored vehicles. Tactical teams checked each apartment and determined whether residents were better off sheltering in place or going to an evacuation center staffed by the American Red Cross, Weber said.
Late Wednesday night, the sheriff’s department tweeted that the active search had concluded and two adults were detained for being uncooperative during the operation. About 5:30 Thursday morning, the sheriff’s department reported that the search of the apartment building and surrounding area was fully concluded.
“Investigators believe this was an isolated incident and that the area is safe for the community. No suspect was located,” the sheriff’s news release states.
Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said the apartments “cater to the mentally ill” and he expressed concern about the location of the complex so close to the sheriff’s station.
“Of course it’s insanity,” Parris said. “It’s outrageous to have that population in that location. Thank God we don’t have a funeral.”
UPDATE: View video from the mayor’s press conference on Aug. 21, shortly after the shooting:
UPDATE: Mayor Parris takes questions from reporters on Wednesday, Aug. 21:
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