Teen allegedly grabs deputy’s gun and fatally shoots herself: LASD

An investigation continues after a teen girl was fatally shot after officials said she grabbed a deputy’s gun in the lobby of a Los Angeles County sheriff’s station in the City of Industry.

Investigators said deputies heard someone knocking on the front door of the station around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. When they opened the door, officials said the teen lunged into the lobby and reached for one of the deputy’s holstered firearms. 

A scuffle between the teen girl and the deputy ensued before investigators said the teen suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. She was declared dead at the scene. 

Shortly before the teen arrived at the sheriff's station, deputies received a call at 7:25 p.m. about a family disturbance on the 300 block of Clintwood Avenue in the city of La Puente.

The teen's foster parent reported that she was suffering from an apparent mental health crisis. Deputies responded to the scene, however, she had already left on foot. Officials say she then walked one mile to the sheriff's station… where she ultimately took her own life.

Sheriff's officials said a teen girl died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the evening of March 24, 2024. (ONSCENE.TV)

The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner identified the girl as 17-year-old Johanna Gonzalez. Her death was listed as a suicide.

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