Authorities Monday said a 49-year-old man who was killed in a deputy-involved shooting in Palmdale had pointed a firearm at law enforcement personnel during a standoff.
Deputies were sent to the 4000 block of Karling Place about 9:15 p.m. Saturday on a report of an assault with a deadly weapon involving a felony warrant suspect who was seen at the location, said Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The deputies learned that the man — identified by the coroner’s office as Timothy John Beckwith of Palmdale — might be hiding in a “travel trailer” of the type that can be pulled behind a vehicle, and they tried to contact him, Navarro-Suarez said.
“The suspect told them he was not going to come out and that he was armed,” Navarro-Suarez said. “Shortly thereafter, the suspect exited the trailer and pointed a firearm at the deputies. A deputy-involved shooting occurred and the suspect then retreated and barricaded himself inside the trailer.”
A sheriff’s SWAT team was sent to the scene, along with crisis negotiators.
“Having established communication with the suspect and having made numerous attempts over several hours to persuade the suspect to surrender, the suspect refused to cooperate and continued to verbally threaten (Special Enforcement Bureau) deputies with a firearm,” Navarro-Suarez said.
The SWAT team then deployed “a diversionary device.”
“The suspect exited for a second time and a second deputy-involved shooting occurred,” Navarro-Suarez said. “The suspect then fled back into the trailer and was later found deceased by apparent gunshot wounds.”
No deputies were injured.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.
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