Man suspected of shooting LAPD officer during standoff has a firearms conviction
The man suspected of critically wounding a Los Angeles police officer in Sylmar has a previous firearms conviction, according to court records and law enforcement sources.
Sergio O. Salazar, 53, was convicted in 1993 of one misdemeanor count of carrying a loaded firearm in a public place, according to records from Superior Court in Antelope Valley.
A resident of Littlerock in the Antelope Valley at the time, Salazar had been charged on two misdemeanor firearms counts and a misdemeanor count of failing to obey a court order, the records show.
PHOTOS: Standoff in Sylmar
In Sylmar on Monday evening, police continued to use a hydraulic forklift device to tear down the home where Salazar had been holding officers at bay.
Authorities said they were not sure whether Salazar was still alive inside the spacious two-story home, where Officer Steve Jenkins was wounded earlier in the day after gunshots were fired from the residence.
An LAPD official noted that officers had not had heard from Salazar in about five hours. As a precaution, however, crews would continue dismantling the home to give SWAT members a clean "line of sight" on the suspect or the ability to storm the home as safely as possible, the LAPD official said.
Police said they were called to the home in the 13600 block of Dronfield Avenue late Sunday after Salazar's wife reported that he had attacked her.
The suspect refused to come to the door, and when police sent a team of dog handlers to the front of the home, he began firing.
Jenkins was shot in the jaw and shoulder, officials said, and was listed Monday evening in critical but stable condition.
For the record, 10:49 p.m. April 4: A previous version of this post said the block on which the incident occurred was the 16300 block of Dronfield Avenue. It was the 13600 block.
-- Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez
Photo: LAPD SWAT officers and L.A. County Sheriff's Special Enforcement Bureau personnel work together on the incident on Dronfield Avenue in Sylmar. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)