Sergeant Steven C. Owen

Sergeant Steven C. Owen

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, October 5, 2016

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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Thank you for your service Sergeant Steve C. Owens and to your family for being understanding and compassionate of the career we chose. I myself lived in Lancaster for a couple years and quickly realized that it was not a nice area, the courage and heart you showed in serving the community will always be remembered. Your story has made me realize even more that when you say bye to your family, it may be the last time you say bye to them. I'm choosing the path to be a guardian, to be a warrior, to risk my life for the protection and safety of others. I will wear the Tan & Green with Pride and Honor.


February 25, 2018

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