Man sought after dog shot to death in Canyon Country

By Emily Alvarenga and Perry Smith

A man is being sought by deputies after a lengthy standoff situation at a Canyon Country home Tuesday night, which started after a dog was shot and killed in a home.

The suspect’s name is Christopher Nard, and he’s described as a 57-year-old white man who’s 5 feet, 11 inches tall, 160 pounds, with a balding, grey receding hair line, brown eyes and full beard.

He is severely depressed and his family members are concerned for his well being.  

Deputies responded to a report of a possible domestic violence incident and set up a containment for several hours in Canyon Country that lasted into the early morning hours on the 19100 block of Delight Street.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies set up a containment on the 19100 block of Delight St. in Canyon Country after a gun call Tuesday evening. Emily Alvarenga/The Signal

The initial call came in just after 9 p.m. of a domestic incident on the 19100 block of Delight Street, near Whites Canyon Road.

“The victim and the suspect are husband and wife,” said Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“The initial information that was received (Tuesday) night is that there was a domestic incident between a husband and wife over at Delight Street,” Miller said. “The containment was set up in hopes of getting the suspect to come out of the house. The victim was able to safely exit the home.”

Deputies spent almost two hours outside of the house, calling to the suspect over the loudspeaker, who they believed was still inside to come out. At one point, the suspect’s daughter also made a tearful plea over the loudspeaker for him to surrender, and said, “Come out, Dad.” 

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies set up a containment on the 19100 block of Delight Street in Canyon Country after a gun call Tuesday evening. Emily Alvarenga/The Signal

Deputies eventually learned Nard had fled the scene, and there was a deceased dog inside the home. The dog had been shot. The suspect is still outstanding.

Nard is currently outstanding, and considered a missing person-critical, according to station officials. 

“It is unconfirmed if the suspect has a firearm or not at this time,” Miller said Tuesday night during the reported incident. “We received information that he possibly may have one, so deputies are taking the necessary precautionary measures.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Missing Persons Unit at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies set up a containment on the 19100 block of Delight St. in Canyon Country after a gun call Tuesday evening. Emily Alvarenga/The Signal

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