LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger to allocate $245,000 to the city of Lancaster to fund the Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park Plaza Project.

Owen was fatally shot in the line of duty on Oct. 5, 2016, after responding to a burglary-in-progress call in a Lancaster apartment complex.  

The memorial will feat­ure a horse with­out a rider, sadd­led with backwards boots in the stirrups to ac­know­ledge all of those who have been lost in the line of duty,

Owen was a 29-year Sher­iff’s De­part­ment vet­er­an who had spent nearly 25 years working in the An­telope Valley as a patrol dep­uty, gang detective, school liaison deputy and a detective at the Palm­­dale Sheriff’s Station be­fore being promoted to ser­geant and working with Lancaster Sheriff’s Sta­tion deputies on patrol and with Lancaster’s anti-bur­glary unit.

An accomplished horse­man, he also was a mem­ber of the Sheriff’s De­part­ment mounted unit.

“This plaza will be a meaningful trib­ute to honor the memory of Sergeant Steve Owen,” Supervisor Kathryn Barger said. “I am grateful for the sacrifices made by law enforcement to protect our com­mu­ni­ties and I am appreciative of these op­portunities to pay homage to their service.”

The project involves the construction of a memorial plaza, including the installation of an equine statue, landscaping and ir­rig­a­tion, and pavement. Construction will be fully funded with Proposition A Ex­cess Funds from the Fifth Supervisorial Dis­trict.

“We appreciate the support of Supervisor Kathryn Barger in saluting our fallen officers in the line of duty,” John Wicker, director of Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation, said. “We hope this plaza will serve as a place for the community to remember Sergeant Steve Owen.”

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