Update Saturday, Feb. 1 (KHTS): The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office has identified the man shot by deputies as 47-year-old Steven Burke Pettersen.
Public records show a Steven Pettersen, age 47, with a Sunland address.
Friday, Jan. 31: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Detectives are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding a Deputy Involved (Hit) Shooting that occurred on Shangri-La Drive and Soledad Canyon Road, in Canyon County. On Thursday, at approximately 8:25 p.m., patrol deputies from Santa Clarita Station were flagged down by citizens who reported a man was in the area, running in and out of traffic, holding a spear, and waving it at passersby on the road.
With additional calls to Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station, a Sheriff’s patrol unit located the male- suspect standing on the center medium near the intersection of Shangri-La Drive and Soledad Canyon Road, holding a metal spear, and behaving strangely. The deputies approached the suspect to give him the opportunity to comply with their verbal orders. The suspect ignored deputies and struck a passing vehicle with the spear. At some point during the contact a deputy involved shooting occurred. The suspect, appearing unscathed by the shooting, continued his erratic behavior. When both deputies moved back toward their vehicle, the suspect, now holding a knife in his hand, advanced at the deputies, at which point a second deputy involved shooting occurred. The suspect was struck by gunfire multiple times on the upper torso.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Deputies were not injured.
Both weapons were recovered.
There is no further information at this time.
Whenever an Officer-Involved Shooting occurs involving Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies, and it results in a wounding, multiple independent investigations immediately begin at the scene. These include separate investigations by the Office of the Los Angeles District Attorney and the Los Angeles County Coroner, as well as investigations by Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau. Attorneys with the Los Angeles Office of Independent Review also respond to the scene, and have full access to the facts known to the Sheriff’s Department throughout every phase of these investigations. Once concluded, every aspect of the shooting is reviewed by the Sheriff’s Executive Force Review Committee.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.
Crystal Hernandez, Deputy
Don Walker, Deputy
Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau – Newsroom
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department