CANYON COUNTRY – The Los Angeles County Sheriffs have announced that an arrest has been made in an officer involved shooting incident from May 1st.
Corey Kieffer, a 28-year-old Canyon Country transient, was arrested after a four day search following an incident that left him wounded in an altercation with deputies.
On Wednesday May 1st, just after 7 pm, deputies attempted to contact Kieffer as he rode a bicycle near Sarabande Lane and Dolan Way. Kieffer was at the time wanted on a no bail warrant for burglary, and was known to be a transient who frequented the wash area near Camp Plenty Road and Soledad Canyon Road. He was also known from prior arrests to be a narcotic user.
The LA Sheriff’s Department press release states that Kieffer fled and abandoned his bike, running to a wash area near Adon Avenue and Sierra Highway. It was there that he reached into a backpack and pulled out a handgun, which he pointed at the pursuing deputies. Initial reports were that he fired, but that turned out to be in error. The pointing of the weapon was enough, however, and the deputies fired at him.
Kieffer fled on foot from the scene, escaping the deputies. A containment area was established and local residents were warned to stay inside their homes. In the meantime, deputies discovered an Airsoft pistol at Kieffer’s position, which closely resembled a genuine firearm. The search continued throughout the night, with no success. An alert was issued for Kieffer, who was described as 5 foot 9 inches, 140 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was still considered to be armed and dangerous, and residents were warned not to approach him, but to call 911 if he was sighted.
On Saturday, May 5th, at 9:45 in the morning, Deputies from the LA Sheriff Santa Clarita Valley station located and arrested Kieffer without any struggle. He had a gunshot wound on his hand, most likely the result of the shooting four days prior. He was treated for the injury at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, and is being held without bail.
Per the Sheriff’s Department protocols, the shooting is being investigated by multiple independent officials, including the DA’s office, the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, and the Internal Affairs Bureau. The Los Angeles Office of Independent Review will also visit the scene and have access to all facts known to the Sheriff’s Department throughout the investigation. Finally, the Sheriff’s Executive Force Review Committee will examine the details of the case.
The investigation of Kieffer’s activities continues as well. His three year history of contact with law enforcement includes arrests for domestic violence assault, child endangerment, drug charges, robbery, and felony theft. Anyone with further information about him, especially as it relates to the latest incident, is encouraged to call the LA Sheriff’s Homicide bureau at 323-890-5500, or anonymous tips may be given to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or by texting TIPLA and the message to CRIMES (274637).