A Thursday night shooting in California left a San Diego Police Officer dead and left another officer hospitalized.
It happened at around 11 p.m. during a traffic stop in the 3800 block of Boston Avenue in the Southcrest neighborhood. Shortly after the officers stopped their car, they immediately called for backup.
Law enforcement swarmed the neighborhood.
Backup rushed to the scene and found the two officers struggling with gunshot wounds. One officer, who suffered multiple wounds, was rushed to Scripps Mercy Hospital where he died. The other officer was transported to UC Medical Center where he underwent surgery. He is expected to recover.
SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman expressed that the situation was heartbreaking.
She stayed at the hospital to comfort the officers’ families.
Zimmerman stated, “It’s a long haul until he makes a full recovery, but the good news is that he is going to survive, and he is going to recover.”
The Chief tweeted this statement.
NBC San Diego reported that the officer who died had a wife and two children. The names of the officers have not been released.
Zimmerman would not tell reporters whether the shooting was an ambush. The suspects are believed to belong to a gang, but according to initial investigations, there is no indication that officers were specifically targeted.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the following about the incident,
“Last night we lost one of San Diego’s finest. We grieve for our fallen officer and stand with his family during this very difficult time. We also pray for the second officer shot last night as he recovers from surgery. Violence against the men and women who wear the badge is violence against us all. I ask all San Diegans and all people across our nation to join together in support of our officers who courageously protect our communities. We need them and they need us.”
After the shooting, officers began a search for the suspects in the surrounding areas
Officers gathered evidence at the scene of the shooting.
They found one suspect in a nearby ravine in the 1300 block of 38th Street and took him into custody. He had also suffered a gunshot wound and was taken to a hospital. His identity has not been released.
The incident remains under investigation.