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Man suspected of shooting LAPD officer is found dead with rifle at his side

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This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

A gunman suspected of shooting a Los Angeles police officer was found on the second floor of a Sylmar home with a rifle at his side, authorities said Monday night.

Sergio O. Salazar, 53, who had held police at bay for hours at the home after opening fire early Monday, died of gunshot wounds, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

An LAPD source said it was unclear how many wounds Salazar had sustained and that the incident was under investigation by the Robbery Homicide Division and the Force Investigation Division, which probes officer-involved shootings.

PHOTOS: Standoff in Sylmar

Salazar's body was identified by a robotic camera conducting surveillance of the residence in the 13600 block of Dronfield Avenue, where officers had responded to a domestic violence call involving Salazar and his wife, the LAPD said.

Officer Steven Jenkins was struck twice by bullets as the gunman opened fire from inside the home, according to the LAPD. Jenkins was shot in the jaw and shoulder, officials said, and was listed Monday evening in critical but stable condition at Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills.

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.

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-- Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez

Twitter: @anblanx and @LAJourno

Photo: LAPD SWAT officers and L.A. County Sheriff's Special Enforcement Bureau personnel respond to the scene in Sylmar. Credit: Al Seib /Los Angeles Times


 
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Bad guy dead, good guy getting better, and we dont have to pay for this creep to sit in jail. Thats Justice.

Will the abuse wife hire Gloria (I like to be in the spotlight) Allred to represent her so she can sue the city for wrongful death of her useless husband?

That's too bad! Poor guy shouldn't have taken his own life!!

Well, I called that one: suicide by cop.
What stupidity.

I am pro-police and grieve for the wounded officer's wife and children but I question the necessity of destroying the Salazar family home in an effort to arrest, disarm or even kill the suspect. Mrs. Salazar was saved from further injury, that much is clear, but now she has no home. Seems like overkill to me.

THANK YOU LAPD Good job

Bad guy is dead

Hero cop is recovering from his wounds

All is good in the world today

Sure hope the officer makes it and will soon be all right. Thank God he is still alive.

And people want to reduce their pay and take away their pensions. I would not do their job for any amount. You just never know what could happen I'm sure that the officer had been in that situation hundreds of times....hope he will survive....thank you

GOOD JOB BY THE L.AP.D.

THATS WHY L.A.P.D. OFFICERS HAVE ALOT OF KIDS AND TEENS THAT LOOK UP TO THEM. THEY SHOW COURAGE AND BRAVEARY..

BLOOD DONATIONS ARE BEING HELD IN MISSION HILLS HOSPITAL ....


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