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Organization: Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station
Date: June 11, 2009
Barricaded Murder Suspect - Update
Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 3:41 p.m. - UPDATE
Unincorporated Los Angeles County - Gorman
49700 Block of Gorman Post Road, Gorman
Victim: Female Adult

    A man wanted for questioning in connection with a murder that occurred in Kansas on Monday, June 8, 2009, was located at a motel in Gorman after a standoff with Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputies and crisis negotiators Thursday, June 11, 2009.
    The incident began when a California Highway Patrol officer, while driving through the parking lot of a motel in Gorman, conducted an inquiry for an Oklahoma license plate on a 2000 Dodge Dakota pick-up truck. The inquiry returned with a murder warrant from the Johnson County Sheriff's Department/Fairway Police Department in Kansas for Franklin L. Grammer, Jr. The officer confirmed with motel management that the suspect named in the warrant was indeed registered at the motel.
    The officer requested assistance from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station. At approximately 7:00 a.m. sheriff's deputies contained the location and ordered the suspect to surrender. When Grammer refused to come out of his room a Sheriff's Special Weapons Team and Crisis Negotiation Team responded to the motel regarding a barricaded suspect.
    Crisis Negotiations Team personnel were able to make telephone contact with Grammer and communicated with him for several hours. Grammer hung up on negotiators at approximately 12:36 p.m. When negotiators were unable to establish any further communication after approximately 2 and 1/2 hours, a Special Weapons Team Introduced tear gas into Grammer's motel room with no response. A Special Weapons Team made entry into the room and discovered Grammer, in bed, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body. He was transported by Air Rescue-5 to a trauma hospital where he is listed in critical condition. A firearm was recovered at the scene. It is unknown if it is the murder weapon. Grammer's two dogs, who were with him in the motel Room, were not injured. No deputies were injured.
    The investigation into both incidents is continuing. There is no additional information at this time. -ref SHB-166-June 11, 2009-Sgt. Diane Hecht

    If You See Something, Say Something! Report non-emergency crime anonymously by visiting the following link: Crime Tips or calling (661) 284-2-TIP / (661) 284-2847.
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