According to police, the girl who shot herself to death at the sheriff station was a foster kid who had just experienced a “mental crisis”

In a heart-wrenching incident in the City of Industry, California, a 17-year-old girl, grappling with a mental health crisis, tragically ended her life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the Industry Sheriff Station. The event, occurring around 7:40 p.m. on Sunday, has left the community and her family in a state of shock and sorrow as they try to comprehend the sudden loss of a young life.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported that the incident began when the teenager approached the sheriff station on Hudson Avenue. An altercation ensued shortly after a deputy responded to her knock on the door, during which the teen managed to obtain the deputy’s firearm from its holster, leading to the devastating outcome.

Earlier in the day, deputies had been called to a family disturbance at the teen’s foster home in La Puente. According to officials, the foster parents had alerted the authorities to the teenager’s mental health crisis. However, by the time deputies arrived at the scene, the girl had already left on foot.

The teen, whose identity remains private at the request of her family, was under the care of her aunt and uncle, acting as her foster parents, as her mother resides in El Salvador and her father has passed away. Distressingly, the teenager lived a mere mile from the sheriff station, which she reached on foot before the fatal incident.

In response to this tragedy, Delaney Miller, the family’s attorney, has announced plans to conduct an independent investigation alongside the ongoing sheriff’s department inquiry. Miller, who revealed the girl was also the older sister of his own foster daughter, expressed disbelief at the circumstances leading to the girl’s access to the deputy’s weapon, highlighting the questions surrounding the incident’s perplexing details.

The loss has resonated beyond the family, reaching the wider community, including the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services, which issued a statement expressing condolences and emphasizing the importance of support and resources for those affected by this “unthinkable situation.”

The department also noted the legal limitations preventing them from discussing the case details, aiming to protect the privacy and emotional well-being of the families involved.

As investigations continue, authorities and the girl’s family seek answers to the many questions surrounding this tragic event. The community mourns the loss of a young life, reminding everyone of the critical need for mental health support and the safety measures necessary to prevent such tragedies in the future.