June 1 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighter died and another was injured after an off-duty colleague opened fire at a station in Agua Ducle on Tuesday, local officials said.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lt. Brandon Dean, speaking during a news conference, said the suspected gunman returned to his home, where he barricaded himself in and set the structure ablaze. Authorities found the suspect, whose name wasn't released, dead from a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound in the backyard.
Fire Chief Daryl Osby said a 44-year-old firefighter died from his injuries in the shooting and a 54-year-old fire captain was in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.
"I stand here with a heavy heart," he said during the news conference. "I just never thought it would be me, nor our fire department family, that would suffer this loss," Osby said.
"We all recognize that the work that our firefighters and firefighter-paramedics do is a very dangerous and arduous profession and in many times, they put their lives in danger to protect them and serve others when they receive 911 calls for service, but yet as a fire chief, I never thought that when our firefighters face danger that they would face that danger in one of our community fire stations."
Authorities didn't reveal a motive for the shooting, nor did they release the names of the victims.
Agua Ducle is located about 30 miles north of Los Angeles in the Santa Clarita Valley.