La Puente – On Sun., June 14, at approximately 12:25 a.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Industry Station personnel received a “possible domestic violence – welfare check” call for service. Additional information led responding Deputies to contact the wife of the suspect at an undisclosed location. The wife informed Deputies that she had been assaulted by her husband, that he was armed with a rifle, and that he had threatened to kill her and himself.
Deputies quickly formulated a plan and responded to the couple’s residence located in the 900 block of Willow Avenue in La Puente. At the location, Deputies observed the male suspect walking around the garage area of the residence with a rifle. As a safety precaution, containment of the residence was established and neighboring residents were immediately evacuated.
Despite several verbal commands from Deputies, the suspect refused to cooperate and surrender peacefully. He then barricaded himself inside the residence – beginning a 12-hour standoff.
LASD Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) Special Weapons Team, along with LASD Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) personnel were on scene. CNT made dozens of attempts over the course of the entire incident to establish communication with the suspect; however the suspect was unresponsive to the communication efforts. Additionally, SEB introduced gas into the residence and utilized a distraction device in order to gain compliance from the suspect.
After an extensive and constant effort by SEB, Industry Station Deputies and CNT making all attempts to bring about a peaceful resolution, SEB deputies made entry inside the residence and located the suspect with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The suspect’s rifle was recovered and no Deputies were injured. The suspect’s wife was treated for minor injuries sustained during the assault.
The identity of the deceased suspect will be determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact LASD Industry Station at (626) 330-3322. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.