One San Diego Police Officer Killed, Another Injured, In Traffic Stop Shooting
Two San Diego Police Department officers were shot, one fatally, late Thursday night during a traffic stop in Southcrest, reports the L.A. Times. The two officers are part of the department's Elite Gang Unit, according to NBC 7.
The incident happened at 11 p.m. by Acacia Grove Way and 38th Street in Southcrest, a community in the southeast section of San Diego. The deceased officer, who was shot multiple times, died after being rushed to the Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest. The other officer received surgery for his wounds and is expected to survive.
A suspect had been shot and was later detained by officers. The condition of the suspect has not been made public. The identities of the officers and the suspect have not been released.
SWAT team members surrounded the scene of the shooting to look for other possible suspects. On Friday morning officers engaged in a standoff with a second suspect in Southcrest. Using a bullhorn, an officer spoke to a "Marcos" who was believed to be in the house.
"We're not going anywhere," the officer said, according to the Times. "It has been a really long night. I'm worried about you. I haven't heard from you for a while.
The standoff is ongoing:
Authorities said that the family of the slain officer was notified. He is the third San Diego officer to have been killed in the line of duty since 2010, according to CBS 8.
Sources told NBC News that the suspects are believed to be part of a gang, and that so far there are no signs that the officers had been targeted, as officers had been in the recent shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge. As noted at the Times, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said on Wednesday that 67 law enforcement officers have been killed in 2016 up till July 20, an 8% increase when compared to figures from the same period last year.