Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy shot by sniper from apartment building; still on the loose

ABC News

A sniper located in an apartment building in Los Angeles County opened fire on a sheriff’s deputy just outside his station house on Wednesday afternoon.

The deputy, identified as 21-year-old Angel Reinosa, was shot in his bulletproof vest in the parking lot of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lancaster station by someone in the apartment building across the street, which is a government-subsidized facility. 

The shooting took place in Lancaster, about an hour north of downtown Los Angeles, at about 2:45 p.m. local time.

“Think about what happened here — a sniper took out one of our deputies,” Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said at a press conference. “And the only reason that deputy is alive is because he had his vest on.”

“He was getting ready to take that vest off,” he added. “Had he done so, it would’ve been a much more tragic situation.”

The suspect is still on the loose, authorities said early Thursday. Sheriff’s deputies cleared the apartment building overnight and did not find the person. The suspect has not been named, and it is unclear if they are a resident of the building.

Reinosa has been treated and released from the hospital and there was no puncture wound.

He has been with the sheriff’s office for about a year and at the Lancaster station for just three months, authorities said.

Sgt. Benjamin Grubb, in the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Information Bureau, called the shooting a “contemptible assault.”

Parris was critical of a mental health facility, Mental Health America of Los Angeles, that shares a parking lot with the apartment building, however, the apartments provide housing for a variety of low- and middle-income residents and those who were formerly homeless, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“It’s not just a four-story apartment building, it’s a four-story apartment building that is government subsidized for mentally ill people,” Parris said. “I mean, let’s call it what it is. Why do you put mentally ill people in a four=story apartment building across from the sheriff’s department?”

A spokesperson for the facility told Los Angeles ABC station KABC that the mental health facility is in the same complex, but separate from the apartments, which are not specifically for patients.

“They let people live in our apartment complex who have mental illness,” Terrisa McGhee, who lives in the apartment complex, told KABC. “It’s kind of scary because there’s no security onsite 24 hours. Management is never here when things happen. The cops are in there constantly. So it’s not a surprise.”

It is unknown whether the suspect is a patient.

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8 Responses to Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy shot by sniper from apartment building; still on the loose

  1. Enemy of the State says:

    No , the only reason he’s alive is because the guy was a bad shot
    He missed his head

    Yet they still won’t learn and blame this on anything but their own actions

  2. Martist says:

    “Sniper” using a handgun or pistol cartridge? They wear soft armor.

    They have a lot of mentally ill people on that block.

  3. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “… was shot in his bulletproof vest in the parking lot of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lancaster station by someone in the apartment building across the street, which is a government-subsidized facility.”

    I have no idea what being a ‘government-subsidized facility’ has to do with anything.

    Other than being a good place to perpetrate a fake ‘attempted pig killing’ from.

    “And the only reason that deputy is alive is because he had his vest on.”

    No, there is only two possible reasons he’s alive… because it was a staged ‘shooting’, or because the idiot shooter failed to use a round that would actually penetrate body armor & kill the pig in question.

    • Cynicles says:

      Laughable that so many will jump right on this ‘story’ as complete truth. The sheeple are lining up once again.

      Another push for gun control on the near horizon.

      Curious what buildings are nearby, maybe a book depository or Bldg 7?

  4. Namelus says:

    Another thing for fake gun control… 3a vest vs a rifle round .223 = massive wound channel death as will only slow and deform bullet. No cops have lvl 4 gear with plates as standard patrol gear.

  5. KOYOTE says:

    THAT SOB BETTER THANK HIS “GOD” THAT I WASNT SHOOTING AT HIM. BODY ARMOR MEANS LITTLE TO AN EXPERIENCED SHOOTER……

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