Firefighter fatally shot colleague over ‘workplace beef’ then killed himself

Firefighter Tory Carlon, inset, was killed in the fire station shooting on Tuesday (Picture: AP/Rex)

A firefighter shot and killed one of his colleagues and injured his captain at a fire station in California before turning the gun at himself.

Fire specialist Jonathan Tatone, 45, fatally shot 44-year-old Tory Carlon on Tuesday at the rural fire station where they worked outside Los Angeles.

Tatone and his victim appeared not to like one another and were said by police to have had ‘some workplace beef’.

Carlon, a father-of-three who had worked with the service for 20 years, was shot several times in the chest.

A 54-year-old fire captain was also shot during the incident and remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.

Tatone was later found dead in his outdoor pool with what appeared to be self-inflicted gunshot wounds He had also set his house on fire.

Homicide detective Brandon Dean said investigators would review the fire department’s files to see if any official complaints had been made or disciplinary actions had been taken against Tatone or Carlon before the murder suicide.

It is not yet clear how long the two had worked together at the station in Agua Dulce, a rural community of about 3,000 people in the desert of northern Los Angeles County.

Hundreds of people honored Carlon at a vigil on Tuesday night at a park close by to the station. He was remembered by friends and family as a devoted father and committed firefighter who mentored younger colleagues.

June 1, 2021: The firefighter killed in an Agua Dulce Fire Station shooting north of Santa Clarita has been identified by family members. Tory Carlon, 44, was killed in the shooting, said Larry Carlon, the father of the victim. ?Today we lost our beautiful son, Tory Carlon, 21 year L.A. County Firefighter Specialist to a crazed Fire Department worker,? Larry said in a Facebook post. Around 10:55 a.m. Tuesday, first responders received reports of a shooting at Fire Station 81 in Agua Dulce in the 8700 block of Sierra Highway, said Daryl Osby, the chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. A suspect, who was an off-duty firefighter at Station 81, came back to the station where he fatally shot Tory and injured the captain of the fire station, according to officials. Shortly after the shooting a fire was reported at a residence in the 2600 block of Bent Spur Drive in Acton, which was linked to the suspect?s vehicle, according to Osby. After Sheriff?s deputies deemed the area safe, firefighters made access to the structure, and found a man, believed to have been the suspect, in a pool with a self-inflicted gunshot, according to Sheriff?s officials.

The firefighter killed in an Agua Dulce Fire Station shooting has been identified by family members as Tory Carlon, 44 (Picture: Facebook)

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby talks during a news conference about a shooting at a local fire station in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. An off-duty Los Angeles County firefighter fatally shot a fellow firefighter and wounded another at Fire Station 81 before barricading himself at his home nearby, where a fire erupted and he was later found dead, authorities said. (AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio)

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby talks during a news conference about the shooting (Picture: AP)

‘Together with all Californians, we mourn the tragic and senseless loss of a brave and dedicated firefighter and community leader whose selfless service will not be forgotten’, California governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement.

Authorities say gunman, Tatone, was off-duty when he went to the fire station and opened fire.

As police swarmed the area around his home, Tatone was found dead in an empty pool.

Detectives believe the captain, who was injured and hasn’t been identified, heard the shooting and went to find out what was going on. It’s not yet clear if he tried to intervene or the attacker turned the gun on him, lieutenant Dean said.

A fire engulfs a house in Acton, Calif., Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Los Angeles County Fire Department supervisor Leslie Lua said paramedics responded to reports of gunshots shortly before 11 a.m. at Fire Station 81, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of Los Angeles. Around the time of the shooting, a fire broke out at the home less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of the station and police swarmed the area. TV helicopter reporters said a body that may be the gunman was visible outside the home, which was gutted by flames in about three hours. (AP Photo/David Swanson)

Shooter Jonathan Tatone, 45, apparently set his home on fire before killing himself after the shooting (Picture: AP)

Acton, CA - Fellow firefighters, family members, and local people come together in a nighttime vigil at Acton Community Park to remember the LA County firefighter 44-year-old firefighter Tory Carlon, that was shot and killed at station 81. An off-duty firefighter shot two people, killing one, at a Los Angeles County fire station 81 Agua Dulce. The off-duty employee, a firefighter specialist, and engineer was found dead in a burning home about 10 miles from the scene of the shooting. Pictured: Deadly Shooting at California Fire Station BACKGRID USA 1 JUNE 2021 USA: +1 310 798 9111 / UK: +44 208 344 2007 / *UK Clients - Pictures Containing Children Please Pixelate Face Prior To Publication*

Fellow firefighters, family members, and locals gathered for a vigil at Acton Community Park to remember LA County firefighter Tory Carlon (Picture: Backgrid)

Tatone had been a county firefighter for at least nine years, according to public payroll and pension records.

Tuesday’s shooting occurred less than a week after Samuel Cassidy, 57, opened fire at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus and rail yard in San Jose, killing nine of his co-workers and then himself.

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