Two suspected burglars were injured while allegedly attempting to burglarize a veteran Los Angeles Police Department officer’s San Gabriel home on Tuesday morning.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau detectives responded to the 600 block of Los Olivos Drive, San Gabriel, to assist San Gabriel Police Department personnel in investigating the circumstances surrounding four male burglary suspects. All four suspects were taken into custody, two of which were struck by gunfire.
LASD Homicide detectives have learned that San Gabriel Police Department (SGPD) personnel responded to the residence regarding a “man shot” at the location. Prior to SGPD’s arrival, the call was updated to state that the person who was shot was a burglary suspect.
When SGPD officers arrived, they saw one male suspect lying on the driveway of the residence suffering from gunshot wounds. SGPD officers also learned that the victim and resident of the house was an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) lieutenant.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was home alone, sleeping, when he heard noises coming from inside of his house. Fearing for his life, the homeowner armed himself. During the burglary, the homeowner confronted two, unknown, burglary suspects inside his home. The suspects then fled through a kitchen window, which was also the initial point of entry. As the homeowner stood near the window, he saw one of the suspects reach for his waistband and turn towards him. Fearing the suspect had armed himself and was going to seriously hurt or kill the homeowner, an officer-involved shooting subsequently occurred.
Both suspects were struck by gunfire and fled the immediate scene. One of the suspects was detained by SGPD in the driveway of the residence, suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper torso.
The second suspect was also struck by gunfire in his upper torso and was driven to a local hospital by a third suspect. The driver then dropped off the wounded suspect and a fourth suspect at the hospital, and fled the scene.
During the course of the investigation, two suspects were detained at the local hospital and the driver of the car was detained at a separate location.
All four suspects have subsequently been arrested.
The identities and ages of the suspects are not confirmed at this time.
The off-duty LAPD lieutenant was not injured.
No suspect weapon was been recovered at this time.
The investigation is ongoing and there is no additional information available at this time.