LANCASTER — A vigil marking the third anniversary of Los Angeles County Sheriff Sgt. Steve Owen’s death will begin at midnight tonight and continue for 24 hours.
The vigil will be at the site where Owens was killed in the line of duty, at the corner of 32nd Street West and Avenue J-8.
While Avenue J-8 will remain open during the vigil, Sheriff’s officials ask residents to use caution and drive extra slowly while in the area, as there will be a lot of foot traffic and activity.
Residents are invited to participate in the vigil for the beloved sergeant. To pay respects, residents are free to stop by at anytime between midnight tonight and 11:59 p.m. Saturday.
A small portion of the sidewalk on Avenue J-8 will be closed for safety, and any items such as flowers, banners and the like to be left may be walked over to the site by a Sheriff’s department member.
“This is always a difficult week for our station,” read a statement from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. “The magnitude of the man, leader and friend we lost is felt every single day in our station’s hallways. We thank our community for allowing us to hold his vigil, but also for joining us.”
Owen, 53, was shot to death Oct. 5, 2016, in the carport of the apartment complex near 32nd Street West and Avenue J-8, where a burglary had been reported.
A 27-year-old ex-convict who was on parole for a 2009 Los Angeles robbery and who had been arrested at least three times in the last 13 months was captured 90 minutes later after allegedly breaking into a nearby home to hide. The defendant is jailed awaiting trial.
Owen, was a 29-year Sheriff’s Department veteran who had spent nearly 25 years working in the Antelope Valley.
Owen had worked as a patrol deputy, a gang detective, a school liaison deputy and a detective at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station before being promoted five years ago 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.
He also was a volunteer football coach for several years at Paraclete High School, which his children attended.
Memorials to Owen dot the Antelope Valley landscape, including Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park in Lancaster, a stretch of the Antelope Valley Freeway near Rayburn Road and Avenue S dedicated as Sgt. Steven C. Owen Los Angeles County Sheriff Memorial Highway.