White Police Officer Murdered by Black Man in ‘Calculated Execution’

Sgt. Steven Owen

Another police officer did not return home to his family on Wednesday night after he was murdered in cold blood in what police are describing as a “calculated execution.”

Fifty-three-year-old Sergeant Steven Owen, a 29-year veteran with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, was responding to a call regarding a burglary when he was shot by a career criminal in possession of a stolen gun as he was checking the rear of the building. The murdering thug was not satisfied with shooting Sgt. Owen once. He then stood over the officer’s body and fired four more rounds into his body as he lay defenseless on the ground, reminiscent of the targeted execution of Sgt. Darren Goforth in Houston last year.

The gunman has been identified as 27-year-old Trenton Trevon Lovell. After executing Sgt. Owen with a stolen gun, Lovell then searched Owen’s body for his service weapon with a plan to use it to “murder the first responding deputy.” Fortunately, the responding deputy was unharmed since he shot Lovell in the shoulder after Lovell raised the weapon at him.

Police apprehended Lovell after he attempted to get away using a stolen police car. He rammed the patrol vehicle into another police car then fled on foot before being caught by police and taken into custody. He is being held without bond.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell did not mince words when he described the murder of his officer. He said, “This was a calculated execution.” With police officers being accused, even by Barack Obama, of using black men as target practice and shooting them for no reason, McDonnell said adamantly that Lovell did not shoot back in self-defense but was rather an aggressor.

McDonnell rejected any suggestion that Lovell, who is black, may have shot in self-defense — a question apparently prompted by controversy over recent shootings of young black men in police confrontations.

“This is an individual that was certainly the aggressor, somebody who is truly a predator, and not somebody who was defending himself in any manner,” McDonnell said.

The fact that anyone would even attempt to make the argument that Lovell shot in self-defense is ludicrous since he stood over the officer’s body and shot him an additional four times before attempting to also kill the next deputy to respond to the call.

Lovell had an extensive criminal record. He had been arrested 12 times and served two state prison sentences. He was convicted in 2009 of robbing a USC community safety officer at gunpoint. He was currently on parole and, therefore, not legally allowed to carry a weapon.

Sgt. Steven Owen was well-respected by officers and local residents alike. He received special commendation for rescuing a driver who was being held hostage by a gunman who was using him as a human shield.

Sgt. Owen’s life mattered but you won’t see Barack Obama taking to the airwaves to speak about the increasing attacks on police officers. You won’t witness activist attorney general Loretta Lynch deliver a press conference calling out the violence, thuggery, and targeting of police officers. You won’t see Sgt. Steven Owen’s name and face all over online and printed news outlets. There won’t be riots, demonstrations, or any kind of protests over his “calculated execution.”

Instead, we may get cries of “police brutality” because a police officer dared to defend himself against a criminal who had just shot and killed another officer then raised his weapon in an attempt to kill him, too.

The community came together to say goodbye to Sgt. Steven Owen. Thank you for your service, sir. Rest in peace.

h/t IJR

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Jennifer Burke
Jennifer Burke
Jennifer is a Co-Founder of PolitiStick and the Editor-in-Chief. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a certified teacher with 12 years experience in the classroom. Jennifer attended what is credited for being the first modern-day Tea Party rally in the country in the Seattle area and from there emerged as a powerful speaker and writer within the movement. While still in Washington State, Jennifer was selected to be a member of the second graduating class of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute (JDLI), a program which identified future conservative leaders. Jennifer worked as the National Outreach Director for one of the largest conservative groups in the country and served as Managing Editor and writer for what quickly grew to become one of the top 15 conservative sites in the country. She brings to Politistick a passion for the fight for freedom for current and future generations.

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