PALMDALE (CNS) - A husband suspected of shooting his 49-year-old wife at a residence in Palmdale and then barricading himself inside the home was found dead hours later, apparently killed by his own hand, authorities said today.
Deputies were sent to the 37700 block of Christensen Court about 6:40 a.m. Friday and later summoned Special Enforcement Bureau and Crisis Negotiation teams to the scene, according to Lt. Darren Harris of the sheriff's Palmdale Station.
The initial call for assistance was made by the victim's teenage son, who told a dispatcher his mother had been shot by his stepfather, Palmdale Station Lt. Belinda Johnson said.
Two teenage boys ran out of the house as the deputies arrived, Harris said.
Johnson later identified them as the son of the victim and his friend.
Harris said deputies believed the suspect was still inside the house, with the victim when they arrived.
They found the victim in a doorway and carried her more than 50 yards to where Los Angeles County firefighters provided emergency medical care before taking to a hospital.
Johnson said the woman was in serious condition, but was expected to survive.
Harris said the Special Enforcement Bureau team entered the home just after 2 p.m. and found the suspect dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was identified by Johnson as a 44-year-old man. His name has not been released.
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