Another police officer has lost his life in a brutal murder that is being described as a “calculated execution”.
Steven Owen was a sergeant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office. He had responded to a burglary call in Lancaster, a city north of Los Angeles. Owen arrived at the apartment building, and chased the suspect around the back of the building, where he came face-to-face with 27-year-old Trenton Trevon Lovell.
Lovell had a stolen gun on him, and he was prepared to use it. He shot Owen, wounding him. But he didn’t flee after Owen was down; instead, he stood over the wounded officer and fired four more rounds, killing him. After that, he stole a police car, but didn’t get far with it, as he rammed it into another police cruiser. He then tried to flee on foot, but he was shot in the shoulder, so he ran into a home to hide. He took the two teenagers present hostage, who notified police of the situation via text message, and the SWAT team rescued the teenagers before capturing Lovell, who was attempting to escape over a wall.
Owen was a 29-year veteran of the police force, and had previously been awarded the Meritorious Conduct Medal in 2014 after he captured a gunman who had a hostage that he was using as a human shield.