San Diego Police Officer Killed, Another Wounded in Shooting
July 28, 2016
Suspect in custody after police followed blood trail to nearby ravine. No other suspects found despite massive search.
- No other suspects found despite massive search.
- Officers rushed stricken colleague to hospital in patrol car.
- Chief informs slain officer's family of loss.
Two San Diego police gang-detail officers making a traffic stop in Southcrest late Thursday night were shot several times, one mortally wounded, triggering a massive police search into the daylight hours. One suspect is in custody.
The names and service history of the male officers, both part of the department’s gang suppression unit, were not released.
The slain officer was shot several times, rushed to a hospital in a patrol car but died at a hospital despite life-saving efforts, San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said early Friday. The wounded officer underwent surgery early Friday and was expected to survive.
The suspect, who had been shot, was being treated at a hospital, Zimmerman said. His name was not released.
It's not yet clear how the shooting unfolded.
The two officers had pulled over a vehicle about 11 p.m. in the area of Acacia Grove Way and 38th Street, a neighborhood of houses that abuts the Chollas Creek Ravine. Immediately after, they called for emergency cover – more help from all available officers.
Other officers were nearby and arrived swiftly. They found the two officers suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper torso and rushed the critically injured officer to a hospital in a police vehicle.
“Despite heroic efforts by officers on scene and heroic efforts by doctors to save his life, I’m heartbroken to report they were unable to save him, and he is deceased,” Zimmerman said outside Scripps Mercy Hospital, where the mood was tense and somber.
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