Slain Officer Ricardo Galvez was a ‘tremendous young man,’ police chief says – Los Angeles Times

Officer Ricardo Galvez may not have worked for the Downey Police Department for very long, but he already was popular among his peers.

Galvez, 29, of Whittier, joined the police department as an officer in 2010 and was affectionately known by members of the community as “Ricky.”

“His smile was infectious, and his professionalism was always on display,” Downey Police Chief Carl Charles said Thursday.

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Galvez’s life was cut short Wednesday night when detectives said two gunmen opened fire on the officer as he sat in his personal vehicle in the parking lot of Downey’s police headquarters.

Police arrested three people Thursday in connection with his death. Two adults and a juvenile admitted to shooting him during an attempted robbery, said Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Homicide detectives are not looking for any other suspects, he said. Detectives have recovered a handgun, which they believe was used in the deadly shooting.

Assigned to patrol duties, Galvez was a “tremendous young man who loved serving the residents of Downey,” Charles said.

Galvez started with the police department long before he became an officer. In 2006, he served as a police aide.

Two years later, Galvez enlisted in the U.S. Marines Corp as a reservist and completed basic training.

As a U.S. Marine reservist, Galvez was deployed twice overseas, “proudly serving his country,” Charles said. In December 2008, Galvez went off to fight in Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to the police department’s website.

Following his first tour, which ended January 2010, he was hired as an officer with Downey.

He was deployed again in December 2012. This time, Galvez was sent to Afghanistan.

Galvez, who was not married and did not have children, grew up in the area and maintained a tight bond with his mother, brother and sisters.

“Words cannot express the love and respect we have for Ricky,” Charles said. “Our department is hurting.”

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