Santa Clarita / Antelope Valley : Deputies Kill Suspected Burglar at Remote Ranch

A suspected burglar was shot and killed Thursday after he apparently fought with Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who went by helicopter to answer an alarm at a remote Antelope Valley ranch, authorities said.

Two deputies suffered minor injuries, authorities said.

Deputies flew by helicopter to the Markowitz Ranch on Devil’s Punchbowl Road in Pearblossom after they received a report that a burglary alarm had gone off at the residence about 1:15 p.m., the Sheriff’s Department said.

Deputies landed the helicopter in the ranch’s corral, where they reportedly confronted the burglary suspect.


The man, who was not immediately identified, then allegedly attacked one of the deputies and wrestled with him, prompting the helicopter’s pilot to shoot the man twice, said Sgt. Bobby Denham, a spokesman for the Antelope Valley Sheriff’s Station.