The Latest: Slain sergeant was shot 'execution-style'

LOS ANGELES (AP) " The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

Los Angeles County sheriff is calling the shooting death of a veteran sergeant in Lancaster a "calculated execution."

Sgt. Steve Owen was answering a burglary-in-progress call on Wednesday when he was gunned down.

At a news conference on Thursday, Sheriff Jim McDonnell says 27-year-old Trenton Lovell shot Owen, then stood over his body and fired four more times. He says the man then searched Owen's body, looking for the sergeant's gun in order to shoot the first deputy who responded to the gunfire.

McDonnell says he was shot in the shoulder while pointing a gun at a deputy.

Lovell was later arrested and remains jailed.

The Los Angeles Times reports ( ) that Lovell was on parole after a 2009 armed robbery conviction. The sheriff says Lovell had a dozen arrests and served two terms in state prison.


1:10 p.m.

Authorities have identified a man suspected of fatally shooting a Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant who responded to a burglary report.

The Sheriff's Department 27-year-old Trenton Trevon Lovell of Lancaster has been booked for investigation of murder and is being held without bail.

Lovell was arrested Wednesday near the scene where 53-year-old Sgt. Steven Owen was shot. The 29-year department veteran died at a hospital.

Sheriff Jim McDonnell plans a press conference Thursday afternoon at Lancaster in the high desert north of Los Angeles.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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