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Man who sparked manhunt captured in Canyon Country wash

Posted: May 4, 2013 11:24 a.m.
Updated: May 4, 2013 12:16 p.m.

Corey Kieffer.

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After a tip from a citizen, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies today located and arrested a man suspected of pointing a gun at police officials in Canyon Country Wednesday night, according to officials.

The suspect, 28-year-old Corey Kieffer, was detained around 9:45 a.m., according to Deputy Josh Dubin with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

A woman, who may be Kieffer’s girlfriend, was also detained at the same time, Dubin said.

Kieffer was detained in a wash near the intersection of Whites Canyon and Soledad Canyon roads, according to Sgt. Rich Nagler.

Deputies were alerted to the area by Canyon Country resident Rick Quorp, who saw Kieffer in the wash when he was riding his bike.

“I recognized him as I went by, so I called the sheriff’s and then circled back to make sure he didn’t leave,” Quorp said Saturday.

Quorp said he bikes in that area often and had been “on the lookout” for Kieffer.

When captured, Kieffer appeared to have suffered some kind of wound to his hand, according to Nagler. Kieffer was transported from the scene in an ambulance for treatment at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Nagler said.

Kieffer, described as 5 feet 9 inches tall and 140 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes, was reportedly riding a bicycle near the Canyon Oaks Condos by the intersection of Sierra Highway and Adon Avenue when he was approached by Sheriff’s deputies around 7:25 p.m. Wednesday.

Kieffer then abandoned his bicycle and ran into the wash, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. In the process, he allegedly reached into his backpack, turned toward the deputies and pointed the weapon at them. The deputies then fired at the suspect.

The incident prompted deputies to lock down the area as they searched for Kieffer. Residents trying to get home were kept outside the perimeter and not allowed home until around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, a resident said.

The search involved K-9 units and helicopter as well as deputies on foot.

In addition to Wednesday night's incident, Kieffer also had a warrant out for his arrest stemming from an unrelated burglary charge, according to sheriff's officials.

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