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'Disgruntled' L.A. Firefighter Kills Colleague, Shoots Captain, Before Setting Own Home Ablaze And Inciting Police Standoff

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Chaos erupted in California Tuesday morning after a gunman opened fire at Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 81 in Santa Clarita, leaving one firefighter dead and another one wounded, officials said.

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The suspect has been identified as an off-duty firefighter who worked at the fire station. He was described by officials as a disgruntled employee and is believed to be dead.

The killed firefighter – a 44-year-old male engineer – died at the scene after suffering a gunshot wound to the torso, while the injured firefighter – a 54-year-old male fire captain – was airlifted by helicopter to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Valencia, cops said.

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Aerial video footage showed the wounded firefighter lying on a gurney, as paramedics wheeled him from a rooftop helipad into the medical center. He underwent surgery and is said to be in critical but stable condition.

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After the shooting, officials said the suspect fled the scene in a white Toyota Tundra pickup truck and drove to his home in Acton, about 10 miles away from the fire station. He is believed to have set the single-story residence on fire.

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Law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times that the suspect engaged with deputies following the shooting and then barricaded himself inside the mansion on Bent Spur Drive.

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L.A. County sheriff's deputies stood at the end of the structure's driveway, as massive flames and thick black smoke engulfed the home, police said. The fire did not appear to spread.

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Firefighters initially refrained from approaching the residence to put out the fire due to an apparent threat posed by the suspect.

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Soon, helicopters began performing multiple water drops to combat the blaze, and the structure's roof eventually collapsed.

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Shortly after 1 PM local time, deputies in an armored vehicle began making their way up the driveway and toward the residence.

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A man's body was seen in the swimming pool of the home; however, it remains unclear whose body it was.

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During a press conference hours later, officials said the body in the pool had suffered a gunshot wound to the head, which they believe was self-inflicted.

The suspect is believed to have killed himself inside the home.



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