By Jasmine Venegas
On March 20, a 47-year-old white man, identified by county coroner officials as Andy Lane, was found dead inside an SUV after opening fire at officers at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s station in Temple City.
According to the Los Angeles Times, an unidentified man arrived at the station around 7:25 a.m. to register as a sex offender, but events escalated when a deputy at the station discovered that the man had a $40,000 felony warrant for a sex crime in Los Angeles.
Deputy Kelvin Moody of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau stated, “The deputy immediately requested assistance to take the man into custody, but as the deputies approached [him], he ran to the SUV, got into the backseat and armed himself with a shotgun.”
Sheriff homicide captain Steven Katz told the Los Angeles Times that the man began firing directly at deputies as well as the police station, which led to a gun battle. No person was injured during the encounter.
Once the fire ceased, members of a special weapons team in an armed vehicle slowly made their way toward the SUV, and deployed a flashbang before they found the man dead due to a self-inflicted gunshot.
“A shotgun and handgun were found inside the SUV,” stated Katz, “the motivation for the shooting still remains unclear.”
According to ABC News, deputies also searched for explosives because of the man’s “aggressive nature.”
Jefferson Middle School (JMS) and Temple City High School were on temporary lockdown the morning of, as well as local businesses due to the dangerous threat the shooter imposed.
Policemen surrounded the area, and the Los Angeles Sherrif’s Department (LASD) arrived with officers in tactical gear and armored vehicles.
After the shooting occurred, traffic was routed away from the area for several hours while an investigation was conducted.
“[Shootings are] a rarity,” Katz stated to CBS News. “I think it highlights the danger that our deputies see every day, even at our house.”