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LAPD officer shot in Sylmar standoff is in critical but stable condition

Steven Jenkins Surgeons say that LAPD Officer Steven Jenkins is critically ill but remains stable after being shot twice by a man early Monday during an armed standoff with police in Sylmar.

Jenkins was struck twice: once in the face and a second time in the shoulder, said Dr. Bradley Roth of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills. He underwent emergency surgery and is sedated and on a breathing machine, the surgeon said.

The first bullet tore into the right side of his face and exited near his jaw, Roth said. The second entered near his right clavicle, fracturing several ribs and damaging a lung, Roth said. Health information normally is private, but Jenkins' wife, an LAPD sergeant, gave surgeons permission to talk to the media, Roth said.

Roth said people with injuries like Jenkins' typically survive their wounds but that he is still "critically ill."

In Sylmar, meanwhile, the standoff between the armed suspect and dozens of SWAT officers is continuing. SWAT teams from the Los Angeles Police Department have been joined by more teams from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in the attempt to force the suspect from his two-story home.

Shots have been fired from the home as police fired tear gas and stinging "hot gas" in an effort to dislodge the suspect. The LAPD is now using a forklift-type device to tear down portions of a wall of the house. But shots are being fired at the police from windows and breaches in the wall.

"His demeanor is crazy,'' said LAPD spokesman Lt. Andy Neiman of the suspect.

Police said they were called to the home in the 13600 block of Dronfield Avenue around 10:30 p.m last night after the suspect's wife reported that he had allegedly attacked her. The man refused to come to the door and when police sent a team of dog handlers to the front of the home, the suspect allegedly began firing, striking Jenkins, police said.

Officers withdrew and continued attempts to contact the man without success. Around 9:30 a.m. Monday, they began ratcheting up their effort to remove him with tear gas and later, the hot gas.

Neighbors have been evacuated from the area.


LAPD prepared to wait out shooting suspect barricaded in Sylmar home

-- Catherine Saillant and Gale Holland

Photo: This undated photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows Los Angeles police Officer Steven Jenkins. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department. / Associated Press

Comments () | Archives (45)

Crazy never takes a day off.


Only in America would it be possible for one man to have a stand-off with 1,000 cops.

Get well soon. Burbank is praying for you.

God bless the Proposition 8 and Gay marriage. God bless them all.

Lets Bet White Male

Ill? he was injured, he's not ill/

JESUS - Get the heavy armor out and blow the damn house up.

My prayers and with this brave officer and his family.

Is being shot considered " critically ill?"

I have been told that domestic calls are some of the most dangerous for police. I wish this officer all the best and a speedy recovery. A true hero.

Melody Thomas-Morgan

Get well soon officer Jenkins.

ak47 will go through the vest cops wear,criminals who do not have an assault rifle aim for the head ot top of the vest ,really no prevention.

I appreciate the officer's wife for allowing the medical staff to provide the officer's medical condition information.

Just burn the house down and call it a day.

who pay for the damage to the family home by the cops and there wrecking squad

reminds me of the goold ole days in the 70's and 80's when this kind of thing was quite common in LA

He looks like a Jerk!

Quit playing nice, burn the freeking house down

Get well soon Ofcr. Jenkins. Our prayers are with you and your family.

My prayers go out to Officer Steven Jenkins and his family. I appreciate all those in Law Enforcement who are really there to "Protect and Serve." He will be in my prayers tonight.

A comment was made this morning by an LAPD spokesperson that "this is what happens when you have such a well armed public". WHAT?!?!?!?!? No, this is what happens when you have lunatics with an attitude and a gun! A well armed public is not the culprit here! Give me a break! Perhaps the LAPD spokesperson missed the memo that went out last week..............criminals could care less if guns, drugs, or whatever are illegal.............that's why we call them criminals. A well armed public is what keeps our civil servants from many such situations as this. Sadly, this brave man has been injured. I don't feel sorry for the guy who shot our Man in Blue..........no matter what they do to him. Thank you Officer Steven Jenkins, for your bravery and sacrifices you have made for us........the "well armed public"

I'd use REAL hot gas at this point

I heard something in the morning just wasn't quite sure what. I guess it was the gun fire from the dude. I went to work at 4 a.m. and heard the chopper , I came home at 2:20 p.m. and the chopper is still flying over head. Recently we've been having crazy things happening in our neighborhood. Guy shoots at an officers car, we had a bomb scare , we had a kid run over, now this.

Your in our prayers Steve and family!

"Who pays for the damage?", when police have a legal right to be there (in this case apprehend an armed individual and crime scene investigation-search warrant) the owner of the property can file a claim with the City but they rarely receive any money. It comes out of the bad guy's pocket and/or home owner's insurance.

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