Jonathan Tatone, a soldier turned off-duty fireman, opened fire on his colleagues at an off-duty fire station in Agua Dulce, California on Thursday afternoon. He killed two firefighters and injured a third, marking the deadliest day for firefighters in the war front in a decade.
The dispute at the Agua Dulce firehouse began with a dispute between two firefighters over a dining shift change, according to a preliminary investigation. Tatone, who was a cook, was sent home early from work on Thursday, the day of the shooting, for having an argument with an unidentified co-worker, the Los Angeles Times reported.
ACTON (CBSLA) – A fatal shooting that left one firefighter dead and another in critical condition may have been caused by a labor dispute, according to sources with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Officials with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office identified the shooter Wednesday night as 45-year-old Jonathan Patrick Tatone. READ MORE: They feel like hostages in their house: Neighbors concerned about increasing homelessness in Beverly Grove The name of the victim has not yet been officially released. However, La Habra City Councilman Jose Medrano identified the deceased firefighter as Tori Carlona. An initial interview with the deputy who investigated the incident revealed that it was a labor dispute. Another LASD source said: They didn’t seem to like each other, but he didn’t go into it. Authorities believe the suspect from Acton set the fire and took his own life after the shooting. Firefighters on Thursday did not allow people to bring flowers to the fire station and instead encouraged those wishing to show their support for the victim to make a donation on the Carlon family’s GoFundMe page. You can find them here. We strongly advise against it, said Jonathan Matheny, spokesman for the Los Angeles Cootie Fire Department. This is a crime scene. According to authorities, an off-duty firefighter opened the fire around 10:50 a.m. Los Angeles Fire Station 81 in the 8700 block of Sierra Highway in Agua Dulce on Tuesday. Fire Station #81 in the 8700 block of Sierra Highway in Agua Dulce. Knowing that this could have happened to any of us, knowing that there is a mother or father, husband or wife, children who are grieving right now in a way that words cannot express, said Jonathan Matheny, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. It’s hard to swallow. READ MORE: We have to nip this in the bud: Authorities and law enforcement agencies are cracking down on illegal cannabis cultivation. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the fire was reported around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, however, because it was not immediately clear what was inside, bombers were on the scene and ground crews and water dropping planes worked for hours to extinguish the fire. The suspect says he will shoot anyone who gets too close, the dispatcher tells first responders. When detectives were able to enter the home, they found the suspect dead in a pool of self-inflicted gunfire. This is the most difficult day I have personally experienced with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, seeing our brothers and sisters in danger in this way, Matheny said. The home, located in the 2600 block of Bent Spur Drive in Acton, was designed by the late architect Martin Gelber of Bel-Air and sold last July for $700,000, according to online records. What scares me is that I don’t know what would have happened if I had come earlier and known it was an active shooter, said Black Webber, a neighbor. At Tuesday night’s vigil in Acton, a friend of the late firefighter spoke of him as a loving father of three daughters. When it comes to father, firefighter or mentor, no one can match him. He taught me a lot about how to be a better father to my daughters and be there for them, he told the crowd. The deceased firefighter was a 20-year veteran of the force. MORE NEWS : The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help to find 26-year-old Dulce Yvette Candy Juante.