Officials reported two California police officers were killed Tuesday night after responding to a stabbing report in the Los Angeles area.
According to Capt. Andrew Meyer of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the officers were fatally shot at roughly 5:10 p.m. local time after responding to a complaint at a motel. According to the Los Angeles Times, officers met a suspect in a motel room and discharged their weapons, prompting the suspect to flee the room into a parking lot, where officers fired again.
During the exchange, two policemen and the suspect were hit by gunfire, according to Meyer. The officers were taken to a local hospital by ambulance, but they died as a result of their injuries. Authorities stated the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to KTLA-TV, one of the policemen was a 22-year member of the El Monte Police Department. The other had only been on the force for about a year.
The names of the cops who were killed have yet to be revealed.
Because the facts are still being investigated, police have not given precise details about the incident.
The officers were “essentially ambushed,” according to the mayor of El Monte, but Meyer did not elaborate.
He stated, “We don’t have all the facts yet.”
The horrific deaths of the officers have left the city of El Monte “saddened and shocked,” according to a statement.
El Monte police captain Ben Lowry, the department’s acting commander, told reporters on Tuesday that the cops were “heroes” who had made the “ultimate sacrifice.”
“These two men were loved. They were good men. They paid the ultimate sacrifice serving their community, trying to help somebody. … They were murdered by a coward,” Lowry added.
A procession of law enforcement cars proceeded from El Monte to the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, where the cops were pronounced dead, to honour the fallen officers. As a memorial, flowers and candles have been placed outside the El Monte Police Department.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on The Blaze News.