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Old 07-29-2016, 06:23 AM   #1
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Police officer dead, another injured in Southcrest shooting

Police officer dead, another injured in Southcrest shooting

SAN DIEGO – A traffic stop late Thursday night led to a shooting that killed a San Diego police officer and wounded a second officer and a suspect in Southcrest, where police searched for hours for other possible suspects.

The names and tenures of the male officers, both part of the department’s gang suppresion unit, were not released.

The slain officer had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died at a hospital despite life-saving efforts, San Diego Police Chief Shelly Zimmerman said early Friday. The wounded officer underwent surgery early Friday and was expected to survive.

The male suspect, who had been shot, was being treated at a hospital, Zimmerman said.

Police offered few details about how the shooting unfolded.

The two officers had pulled over a vehicle about 11 p.m. somewhere in the area of Acacia Grove Way and 36th Street. Immediately after, they called for emergency cover.

Other officers were in the area and arrived swiftly. They found the two officers suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper torso. The critically injured officer was rushed to a hospital in a police vehicle.

“Despite heroice 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.

Outside the main entrance, some officers could be seen hugging one another. Others stood stoically, guarding the hospital doors.

Zimmerman said she had gone to the home of the slain officer and notified his wife, two children and extended family members who were at the home.

"It is extremely difficult, but something you have to do," Zimmerman said, joined by other department leaders. "There's nothing that prepares you to do that."

The wife of the critically injured officer was beside him at the hospital as he underwent surgery, Zimmerman said.

Other family members of the two officers had not yet been notified.

There was no update on the condition of the suspect, who was found shortly after the shooting in a ravine near South 38th and Alpha Streets.

Police swarmed the area and searched for any other possible suspects with the aid of police dogs, a helicopter and a SWAT team, focusing on the Chollas Creek open area just south of Acacia Grove. Residents were asked to stay indoors.

The incident comes as police in Southern California and throughout the country are on high alert following the killing of officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., earlier this month.
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Old 07-29-2016, 04:09 PM   #2
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Angry Hmmmm, Let's See?

If this had happened just a few days earlier, the suspects mother could have spoken at the Democratic National Convention. They did have a day for criminal's moms didn't they.
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Always sad to hear of a police officer getting killed while trying to protect others. Hope the apprehend the individuals that were involved. I know things like this put every officer who responds to a call on edge not matter what the situation is.
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