Sergeant Steven C. Owen

Sergeant Steven C. Owen

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, October 5, 2016

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Steven C. Owen

Sergeant Steve Owen was shot and killed after responding to a burglary in progress call in the 3200 block of West Avenue J-7 in Lancaster, California.

He was checking the rear of the apartment building when the subject emerged and shot him. The other deputy on scene heard the shooting and ran to the rear of the building, where he found Sergeant Owen wounded. As he rendered aid the suspect attempted to steal Sergeant Owen's patrol car, but but crashed into a second patrol car as the second deputy attempted to stop him.

The man then fled into a nearby home where he took two teenagers hostage for several hours. As a SWAT team entered the apartment the man fled but was quickly apprehended.

Sergeant Owen had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 29 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 29 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Apprehended


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As a Marine Corps military police officer I attended Police week with my family in our country’s capital. There I was introduced to Sgt Owen’s family and friends. I was profoundly moved by the support the LA county sherrif’s department community showed towards Sgt Owen’s family. Also listening to the stories about his life and the commitment he had to his department and community affirmed in me the choice to join LASD. Thank you Sgt Steven Owen and your family for paying the ultimate sacrifice protecting the community. You are the type of Deputy I inspire to be. I am now a Deputy Sheriff Trainee with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and I hope to uphold the legacy you’ve set forth. My class will be dedicating our colors run to Sgt Steven Owen.

DST Brandon Austin
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

April 5, 2019

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