One officer is killed and another is injured in Whittier shootout – Los Angeles Times
One officer was killed and a second injured in a shootout with a gang member who was wounded in a Monday morning altercation in Whittier, authorities said.
Two Whittier Police Department officers responding to the scene of a traffic collision were getting out of their vehicle about 8 a.m. when a gang member driving a stolen car opened fire with a semiautomatic pistol, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. John Corina.
The two officers were taken to UC Irvine Medical Center, where one officer was pronounced dead, Corina said. The other wounded officer is in stable condition.
The wounded suspect is a gang member who is known to police, Corina said. He was taken to County-USC Medical Center and his condition is unknown.
The suspect had been involved in a traffic accident with another vehicle near Colima Road and Mar Vista Street, and approached the driver he had rear-ended to help push his silver car off to the side of the road around the corner.
When officers arrived, the driver that who was struck pointed them to the location of the other vehicle, where they encountered the heavily tattooed suspect.
“He started firing at the officers and they returned fire,” Corina said. “We are still looking into that, why he just opened fire.”
Emergency responders at the scene performed CPR on a male officer while wheeling him into an ambulance, said Brian Feinzimer, a freelance photojournalist who was at the scene as authorities responded Monday morning.
Also visible in the eastbound lanes of Mar Vista Street east of Colima Road was a Whittier police SUV with shattered windows and a suspect who was handcuffed facedown on the pavement, Feinzimer said.
The Whittier Police Department has about 128 sworn officers who police the cities of Whittier and Santa Fe Springs in southeastern Los Angeles County.
Monday afternoon, a procession of police vehicles traveled from the hospital, accompanying the slain officer’s body to the Orange County coroner’s office. Their cars were greeted by a line of law enforcement officers who saluted as the procession drove by.
Monday’s shooting marks the third time a police officer in Whittier was slain in the line of duty. According to the Officer Down website, Whittier officers were killed in 1977 and 1979.
1:40 p.m.: Updated with information about other officers slain in Whittier in previous years.
1:30 p.m.: Updated with police procession.
12:04 p.m.: This article was updated with additional details on the traffic accident and shooting.
11:41 a.m.: This article was updated with new information from the Sheriff’s Department.
11:15 a.m.: This article was updated with the death of a police officer, information from a photographer at the scene and with information on the Whittier Police Department.
This article was originally published at 10 a.m.