Outlets: LA County fire station shooting kills 1 firefighter

Outlets: LA County fire station shooting kills 1 firefighter

"As a fire chief I never thought when our firefighters face danger that they would face that danger at one of our community fire stations", Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

"It is with heavy hearts that the LACoFD confirms that a tragic shooting occurred at approximately 10:55 a.m. today at FS 81 in Agua Dulce", the Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted.

A fire burns at a home about 10 miles from Fire Station 81 where the suspect is believed to have barricaded himself following the shooting.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the gunman engaged with Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies after the attack and might be barricaded in a home on Bear Spur Road not far from the fire station.

Local outlet KABC-TV initially reported that the firefighter injured in the shooting suffered "multiple gunshot wounds", and was flown to hospital for treatment. Fire officials did not immediately provide details, although unconfirmed reports from the scene quickly indicated one person was killed in the shooting. The body was seen in a seated, slumped- over position inside an apparently empty swimming pool.

LA County firefighters responded to the shooting in the 8700 block of Sierra Highway. Helicopters have been dropping water to control the fire. The suspect is believed to be a disgruntled employee, according to officials. Authorities said they are fairly confident the individual is the shooter but couldn't be 100% certain because the house is still burning and cannot be safely approached. It was not immediately clear if there was a motive and an investigation is ongoing.

"This morning when I received the news, it was some of the worst news that I've heard in my career", Osby said. He was remembered as a "brave, committed, loyal member" of the department. "I never thought it would occur in this fashion".

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, who chairs the Board of Supervisors, wrote on Twitter, "My most sincerest condolences to the family of the firefighter who was tragically killed in today's shooting at Fire Station 81 in Agua Dulce", Solis wrote on Twitter.

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