A California man pleaded responsible Thursday to first-degree homicide within the deadly capturing of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division sergeant in 2016 in what Sheriff Alex Villanueva referred to as an execution-style killing.
Sergeant Steve Owen, 53, was shot within the head by Trenton Lovell, 31, whereas responding to a report of a break-in in Lancaster in northern Los Angeles County on Oct. 5, 2016, the Los Angeles Occasions reported.
Lovell beforehand confessed that he continued to shoot Owen as he lay wounded on the bottom, claiming he “completed the job,” in line with The Occasions.
Underneath the phrases of a plea deal, he’s anticipated to face life in jail with out the opportunity of parole.
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“Right now, the parolee who senselessly executed Sergeant Steve Owen & tried to homicide Deputy Zachary Anderson pled responsible,” Villanueva stated in a press release Thursday. “Sergeant Owen was murdered within the efficiency of his lawful duties defending his Antelope Valley group. As his LASD household continues to grieve his homicide, I stand in solidarity together with his household and buddies.”
Owen had radioed that he had Lovell at gunpoint on the scene earlier than Lovell shot him.
Deputy Zachary Anderson then arrived on the scene and shot Lovell within the shoulder, wounding him whereas he was nonetheless standing over Owen’s physique, the deputy reportedly stated.
Lovell allegedly tried to steal Owen’s patrol automobile, ramming Anderson’s automobile and practically working him over within the course of, The Occasions reported.
Police stated Lovell then ran to a house within the neighborhood the place he held two youngsters at gunpoint as officers cordoned off the world amid the manhunt. One of many teenagers reportedly pretended to have a panic assault so he might name his mom. The mom then advised police the place the suspect was hiding.
Newly elected Los Angeles County District Legal professional George Gascón has barred prosecutors from submitting a particular circumstance looking for life with out parole however the prices in opposition to Lovell had been filed earlier than Gascón took workplace, in line with The Occasions.
“Sgt. Owen sacrificed his life to guard the group he served,” Gascón stated in a press release Thursday. “This plea is not going to deliver Sgt. Owen again however will hopefully present some small measure of peace to his household.”
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Lovell additionally pleaded responsible to tried first-degree homicide, housebreaking, felon in possession of a gun, theft and false imprisonment.
Owen was a husband and father and a 29-year veteran of the division, in line with the Los Angeles Every day Information.