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

April 4, 2011 |  8:54 pm


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.

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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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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