Off-Duty LAPD Officer Opens Fire on Burglar at Rowland Heights Home, Authorities Say

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The 17000 block of Calle Aurora in Rowland Heights is seen in a file photo. (Credit: Google Maps)

An off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer opened fire on a male burglar at his home in Rowland Heights early Wednesday morning, authorities said.

The incident began about 12:20 a.m. when the officer, whose name was not released, was awakened by a noise and armed himself with a gun, said LAPD Officer Jane Kim.

The officer exited the residence, in the 17000 block of Calle Aurora (map), and fired three shots at the man, Kim said.

The burglar fled the scene in a vehicle whose rear window was shot out, according to the LAPD. It was unclear if he was struck by gunfire.

No description of the man or the vehicle was immediately released.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was handling the investigation, Kim said.