Deputies probe sus­pected sui­cide

The Signal - - Front page - By Perry Smith Sig­nal Man­ag­ing Edi­tor

Deputies are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a sus­pected sui­cide near the Wal­mart off Carl Boyer Drive on Wed­nes­day evening.

“Deputies re­sponded to a re­port of a sus­pi­cious per­son in a ve­hi­cle (around 8:10 p.m.),” said Shirley Miller, spokes­woman for the Santa Clarita Val­ley Sher­iff’s Sta­tion. “As deputies ap­proached the driver, the driver pro­duced a hand­gun. The deputies backed off and at­tempted to de­tain the in­di­vid­ual at gun­point.

“After fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, it was de­ter­mined that the in­di­vid­ual, a male in his 50’s, was de­ceased from a gun­shot wound,” Miller said.

“We got the call at 8:14 p.m., a re­port of a sher­iff(‘s deputy) on scene with a sus­pect at gun­point,” ac­cord­ing to Su­per­vis­ing Fire Dis­patcher Jeremy Stafford.

An SCV Sher­iff’s Sta­tion deputy did not fire at a sus­pect, ac­cord­ing to sher­iff’s of­fi­cials, who said no fur­ther in­for­ma­tion was im­me­di­ately avail­able.

Deputies were still on the scene in­ves­ti­gat­ing as of 8:45 p.m.

“We did ar­rive at the scene and it looks like we left just as quickly,” ac­cord­ing to Su­per­vi­sor Michael Pittman of the Los An­ge­les County Fire Depart­ment, adding that no one was trans­ported. “Our last unit left the scene at 8:40 p.m.”

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