A Whittier police officer has died and another officer was wounded after a shootout with a suspected gang member Monday morning, according to The CW39 affiliate KTLA in Los Angeles.
Boyer and Hazel were responding to a traffic collision around 8:30 a.m. Monday when the shooting happened, according to sheriff's Lt. John Corina. The two officers were transported to UCI Medical Center while the suspect was taken to LA County-USC Medical Center, Marrujo said.
His name was not released, and his condition was not immediately available.
Stay with KCRA for updates. "And everyone needs to know what these officers face on a daily basis", Piper said as he broke down in tears.
As he was exiting the auto, the suspect brandished a handgun and shot at the officers, who returned fire, the release stated.
In the meantime, a memorial of flowers and balloons continued to grow outside the Whittier Police Department. Just within the past hour, a news conference was held with more details and reaction from a visibly devastated Whittier police chief. A divorced father of two, Boyer joined the police department as a dispatcher and jailer in 1989 and became a full-time officer in 1990.
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Corina said the gunman was driving a stolen vehicle when he collided with two other vehicles on Colima Road.
"All of us have been grieving", the chief said.
"This is an unbelievably senseless tragedy".
Mejia, who was shot by officers in the deadly gunfight that claimed Boyer's life and left Officer Patrick Hazell wounded, has been arrested and jailed for short stints several times since July. "Enough is enough. Passing these propositions, you're creating these laws that is raising crime".
"We're putting people back on the street that aren't ready to be back on the street", McDonnell said. "People don't want to follow rules, don't care about people". Boyer was 53, according to multiple reports.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis offered prayers for the injured officer and the community. "You never know, when you respond to a call, what you are going to run into".