Fire station shot at suspect’s house that had burned down
Los Angeles firefighters, lawmakers, SWAT teams and other law enforcement raided the residence of a firefighter who had previously killed a colleague and injured a fire captain. The suspect barricaded himself inside the house and it was set on fire. He was later found dead. Jeff Nguyen of CBS Los Angeles reports from the scene.
JASMIN VIEL: Firefighters, MPs, SWAT teams and helicopters descend on this normally calm community of Acton where the suspect lived. And as you have seen, the still smoking house burned for hours. Jeff Nguyen from KCAL9 has been there all day talking to the neighbors and he continues to cover our team. Jeff.
JEFF NGUYEN: Jasmine, people in this community are reacting to the news that one of their neighbors is the prime suspect in this workplace violence case. Let me step back so you can get a better look at this community as things have changed quite a bit in the last hour or so.
We don’t see that thick, heavy smoke that we saw earlier. So let’s go ahead and shoot a video for you because just after 11:00 this morning this house was reported on fire. Public records say it belonged to a firefighter. Investigators believe the owner worked at Fire Station 81 and is the prime suspect in the shooting.
Then they say he went home and apparently set this property on fire before killing himself. And because the LA County Sheriff’s Department had no idea how dangerous the situation was inside that house, they sent the demining crew here, and for hours, a squadron of planes dropping water teamed up to put out the flames,
We also saw a Sheriff’s Deputy descend on the property from a helicopter. SoCal Edison sent one of its trucks to the property which cut the power to reduce the risk to first responders. A number of people showed up with horse trailers to help neighbors near the burning property remove their animals as thick smoke filled the air.
And because the properties are so spaced out, most of the neighbors here don’t know each other. People we spoke to said they did not know the firefighter who is the prime suspect in this case.
– It’s surprising and it’s not at the same time. What’s going on in this country with – in my opinion, gun violence, which is out of control. These people are simply working to help us save ourselves and they become targets. It could have been a personal matter. Something vindictive, but it’s just plain wrong. It shouldn’t be like that in this country.
JEFF NGUYEN: And as we have reported for hours, first responders kind of backed down on this situation because they didn’t know what was inside the property and all the dangers that might be lurking. inside, so they kind of held back.
At the moment, we are told because the situation is much better. The boots are actually on the ground right now. For now, we are reporting live from Acton. Jack Nguyen, KCAL9 News.