A deputy-involved shooting occurred on Wednesday at approximately 10:25 p.m. near the intersection of Island Road and Bridgeport Lane in Valencia, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Information Bureau.
One man was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide investigators are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deputy-involved shooting in Santa Clarita,” read a statement from SIB. “Santa Clarita deputies encountered a male adult armed with two knives. The armed male lunged at the deputies and a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”
The alert stated that knives were recovered at the scene and that no deputies sustained any injuries.
According to the SIB, in all deputy-involved shootings in L.A. County, where a person is struck by gunfire, there are several independent investigations that begin.
The investigations are done by, but are not limited to, the SIB, Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau.
The office of the Inspector General is also notified and sends a representative to the scene and provides “independent oversight throughout the investigation process.” Once this is done, a review is conducted by the Critical Incident Review Panel to “determine if any immediate actions are warranted.”
“Every aspect of the shooting is reviewed by the Sheriff’s Executive Force Review Committee. Input from Constitutional Policing Advisors is provided during the process,” read the SIB’s statement. “The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Justice System Integrity Division, conducts a legal analysis to determine whether any criminal charges will be filed and if the shooting was legally justified. “
The details surrounding this incident may take days, weeks or even months before being made public. Requests for details on the call that deputies were initially responding to have not been answered by the LASD Homicide Bureau at the time of this publication.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.