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CORRECTION: Memorial set for man killed by deputies

Corrects spelling of "Ft. Benning"

Posted: February 11, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 11, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Steven Burke Pettersen

 

Coroner’s investigators were awaiting the results of toxicology tests to determine if drugs, alcohol or any other chemicals played a role in the death of Steven Burke Pettersen, who was shot dead by sheriff’s deputies Jan. 30 after allegedly advancing on them with a knife.

Meantime, family members scheduled a private memorial for the 47-year-old Canyon Country man this Saturday in Sylmar.

A medical examination of Pettersen’s body revealed his cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of his death to be homicide, coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said last week.

Toxicology test results are not expected for at least six weeks.

Pettersen was reported to be running in and out of traffic on Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country Jan. 30 waving a spear at passers-by and acting erratically, according to a Sheriff’s Department report.

Deputies responded to the scene and found Pettersen “behaving strangely,” according to the report. As they moved back toward their vehicle he reportedly advanced on them with a knife, at which point he was shot and killed.

Family members declined to be interviewed, but according to a published obituary notice Pettersen was born in Burbank and graduated from Hoover High School before joining the U.S. Army and serving with the 3rd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment at Ft. Benning in Georgia.

He also earned an Associate of Science degree from College of the Canyons, the obituary said.

Sandra Davidson, who described herself as Pettersen’s friend and former roommate, said he was not violent by nature and did not appear to be intoxicated the night of the shooting.

A private memorial service is scheduled for friends and family only at the Los Olivas Mobile Home Park in Sylmar at 11 a.m. Saturday, according to a woman contacted by phone at the park.

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