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LA County sheriff’s deputy commits suicide at Santa Clarita bar

A 33-year-old off-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy committed suicide by fatally shooting himself early Friday at a bar in Santa Clarita, officials said.

The shooting occurred about 1:30 a.m. at Mabel’s Roadhouse in the 26300 block of Bouquet Canyon Road.

The sheriff’s department confirmed to City News Service that the deputy was off-duty at the time and the suicide death was being regarded as a suicide. The deputy was identified by the department as Jonathan Buchan.

Sheriff Robert Luna was at the Santa Clarita Valley Station Friday morning to talk to deputies, ABC7 reported.

The father of the deputy, who requested anonymity, told the Santa Clarita Valley Signal that his son served two tours in Afghanistan during his four years in the Marines, and had three years with the sheriff’s department.

“He was a real hero,” the father said.

The deputy was not assigned to the Santa Clarita Valley station at the time of the shooting, according to The Signal.

Updated Jan. 20, 2023, 8:22 p.m.

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