LASD deputy shoots man armed with a rifle after he made criminal threats to his ex
On September 22, 2021, at approximately 9:32 PM, deputies assigned to the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station responded to a residence in the 500 block of West Avenue J-12 in the city of Lancaster, regarding a male who had made criminal threats to his ex-girlfriend and he was now parked in front of her residence. Upon arriving, deputies observed Julio King, a 35-year-old male, seated in a parked vehicle in front of the location.
Deputies ordered King to exit the vehicle, but he refused to comply and told the deputies to shoot him. Deputies requested additional resources to respond, including a Mental Evaluation Team and deputies from the Special Enforcement Bureau. As deputies continued to speak with King from a distance, they noticed that he was armed with a rifle.
Deputies used a public announcement system and urged King to surrender peacefully. King continued to tell the deputies they would have to shoot him, while showing deputies that he was armed with the rifle. At one point, King began to exit the vehicle and pointed the rifle in the direction of deputies, at which time a deputy-involved shooting occurred.
King was struck by gunfire and fell back into the driver’s seat of his vehicle. Deputies approached King, removed him from the vehicle, and administered first aid. Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics, who were staged nearby, arrived within a couple of minutes to render aid. King was transported to a local hospital, where he received medical treatment for his injuries. There were no other persons injured during the incident.
A loaded .223 caliber rifle was recovered at the scene.