An armed parolee who barricaded himself inside a shed in Canyon Country was found dead Thursday morning from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the sheriff’s department reported.
The suspect had a parole violation warrant that was outstanding, said Deputy Trina Schrader.
A sheriff’s SWAT team was called to the scene and crisis negotiators tried to get him to surrender peacefully but failed, Schrader said. His name was not immediately released, pending family notification.
About 2:30 a.m., the SWAT deputies entered the shed and discovered the body, Schrader said.
It was the second such outcome of a sheriff’s department case in hours. Earlier, a disturbed man who barricaded himself inside his La Mirada home, threatening suicide, also shot himself to death.
During the standoff in Canyon Country, the surrounding homes were evacuated, Schrader said.
The standoff in the 19600 block of Babington Street began about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to Sgt. Brian Allen of the sheriff’s Santa Clarita Valley Station. The parolee claimed to have weapons, Allen said.
“That was confirmed when he fired off a round from inside the shed,” Schrader said.
Deputies initially saw him run across the Santa Clarita River bed and into a residential area. They searched for him for more than two hours and did not find him, Allen said.
Then, just before 8 p.m., a man called and said his dog alerted him to the fact the man was holed up in a shed.
—City News Service