Police Officer Fatally Shot During Robbery Attempt, Officials Say [Updated]
A Downey police officer was shot and killed in a parking lot as he sat in his car near the end of his shift.Ricard Galvez, 29, was seated in the driver's seat of his own car in a lot adjacent to the police station in the 10900 block of Brookshire Avenue at about 11 p.m. last night, the L.A. Times reports. According to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, he was near the end of his shift and was not in uniform when two men ambushed the car and opened fire. The gunmen then got in a different car and fled the scene.
A patrol officer who heard the shots chased after the alleged gunmen. The pursuit came to an end in Montebello, when the suspects jumped out of their car and fled. Police have detained two men and a woman, and are looking for other people as well as the gun used in the shooting. Police say search warrants are being carried out today, and that they're reviewing security footage of the incident.
Initially, authorities believed that Galvez had been specifically targeted by his attackers. L.A. County Sheriff's Lt. John Carina said, "It appears like he was targeted, it doesn’t look random." Authorities aren't sure, however, why Galez would have been a target and they don't know if there was some kind of confrontation leading up to the shooting. L.A. County Sheriff's Commander Rod Kusch indicated to KPCC that Galvez may have been targeted for something unrelated to his job.
Galvez was a former U.S. Marine and a member of the force for 5 years, and was typically assigned to field patrol. He was not married and had no children, but is survived by his siblings and mother.
Downey Police Chief Carl Charles said that Galvez, "was a tremendous young man, who loved serving the residents of Downey. His smile was infectious, and his professional was always on display," according to the Press Telegram.
Update, 12:50 p.m.: Authorities have two adults and one juvenile in custody for the shooting and say they are not looking for anyone else, the L.A. Times reports. They also managed to find the gun they believe was used in the attack. LASD Lt. John Corina said that the trio admitted to killing Galvez in an attempt to rob him, and that they did not know he was a police officer. "They shot and they killed the officer. That’s basically it. They admitted they were trying to rob him," Corina said.