Firefighter killed, another injured in shooting at Los Angeles-area fire station

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Fire Chief Daryl Osby said at a news conference Tuesday that a 44-year-old fire specialist died in shooting and a 54-year-old firefighter was shot.

A Los Angeles County firefighter was killed and another suffered multiple gunshot wounds in a shooting at an Agua Dulce fire station Tuesday, and the suspect appeared to fatally shoot himself outside an Acton home as it burned to the ground.

After the shooting, the suspect is believed to have fled in a pickup truck to a home miles away, where a possible barricade situation ensued.

"The shooting happened in the late morning at Fire Station 81, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of Los Angeles, in the Agua Dulce area near Santa Clarita", Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Trina Schrader said. He was later found dead in an empty pool.

The fire chief described the slain victim as "truly dedicated, one of our better firefighters and a true loss to our department".

While fire crews were unable to approach the burning home on the ground, a series of water drops were conducted from the air to prevent the flames from spreading to nearby brush or structures.

A man's body was seen at the home, but whether that person was the deceased suspect was not immediately confirmed.

There was no immediate word on a motive for the shooting. The suspected gunman was identified only as an off-duty fireman who had returned to the station for unknown reasons and then opened fire on his two co-workers there. "As a fire chief, I've dealt with a lot death and fallen members in my department. I never thought it would occur in this fashion". The male shooter was a firefighter, said a source for The Los Angeles Times.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, who chairs the Board of Supervisors, wrote on Twitter, "My most sincerest condolences to the family of the firefighter who was tragically killed in today's shooting at Fire Station 81 in Agua Dulce", Solis wrote on Twitter. Agua Dulce is a remote community of about 3,000 people in the desert of northern Los Angeles County known for its rock formations and panoramic views.

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