The Sheriff’s Information Bureau has identified a woman who was stabbed to death near the Bouquet Canyon Reservoir on Sunday morning as Sheila Ashley, the girlfriend of Alon Foster — who was the man shot and killed by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies about six hours later at the same location where Ashley was murdered.
At approximately 1:15 a.m. Sunday, Ashley was murdered at the intersection of Bouquet Canyon Road and Spunky Canyon Road, near the east tip of Bouquet Canyon Reservoir.
The location is about 11.5 miles up the canyon from Bouquet’s intersection with Vasquez Canyon Road.
Homicide detectives and other law enforcement personnel were still on the scene investigating the murder at approximately 7:40 a.m., when Foster was seen crossing a dirt access road adjacent to where Ashley’s body was found. The road he was crossing is private and “cordoned off by a barbed wire fence,” according to the narrative provided by LASD.
Shortly after deputies had contacted Foster, he produced a knife. They attempted to “safely detain” Foster but during the encounter, deputies say he advanced toward them — still brandishing the knife, according to the LASD statement. As he did, deputies shot him. Foster was pronounced dead at the scene.
California Highway Patrol Officer Michael Nasir said that the CHP was not involved in the shooting, contrary to initial reports on social media. He confirmed it was a sheriff’s deputy-involved shooting.
According to the Sheriff’s Information Bureau, 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.”
Anyone with information about these incidents can contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau 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
There is no additional information available as of the publication of this story.