Sgt. Steve Owen. Photo courtesy LASD
Sgt. Steve Owen. Photo courtesy LASD

A celebration of the life of slain sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Owen is scheduled for Sunday in Lancaster.

The celebration will begin at 2 p.m. at Gino’s Italian Restaurant at 44343 Challenger Way, said Ali Villalobos of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.

The sergean’s alleged killer has a court appearance set for Monday and he could face the death penalty.

All proceeds from the afternoon of dining and live music will be donated in Owen’s name to the Los Angeles County Sheriff‘s Department Explorers Program. Owen served many years as an adviser to the program.

Owen, 53, was gunned down at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 5 as he and a deputy responded to a 911 call from a woman reporting a burglary at an apartment building in the 3200 block of West Avenue J-7.

The man suspected of killing Owen — Trenton Trevon Lovell, 27, of Lancaster — was wounded in a shoulder by a deputy but was ultimately arrested and booked on suspicion of murder.

Lowell was being held without bail at the Twin Towers Correction Facility and was charged with capital murder, making him eligible for the death penalty. His next court appearance is set for Monday.

— City News Service

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