A Los Angeles County firefighter was killed and another suffered multiple gunshot wounds in a shooting at an Agua Dulce fire station Tuesday, and the suspect appeared to fatally shoot himself outside an Acton home as it burned to the ground.
Authorities believe the suspect is a "disgruntled employee" who reportedly fled the scene and allegedly lit his own home on fire following the shooting.
Sheriff's deputies sent to the suspect's home shortly after the shooting found the house engulfed in flames.
A Los Angeles County Fire Department supervisor says paramedics responded to reports of gunshots at 10:53 a.m.at Fire Station 81, about 45 miles north of Los Angeles.
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While fire crews were unable to approach the burning home on the ground, a series of water drops were conducted from the air to prevent the flames from spreading to nearby brush or structures. The Fire Department took to Twitter and described it as a "tragic shooting".
Officials are not yet able to confirm whether or not the suspect was the same person in the pool. It was not immediately clear if there was a motive and an investigation is ongoing. He was remembered as a "brave, committed, loyal member" of the department. "I never thought it would occur in this fashion".
Osby said the firefighter who died had been with the department for more than 20 years and was a career firefighter, starting in a U.S. Forest Service Explorer Program.
All the firefighters worked at the small station in Agua Dulce, a rural community of about 3,000 people in the desert of northern Los Angeles County known for its rock formations and panoramic views. "At my direction, flags will be flown half-staff at all County buildings".
"But I know, in spite of the violence today in Agua Dulce, our LA County firefighters will continue their unwavering commitment to protecting the rest of us and we thank them for that".