“They have been primarily ambushed whereas making an attempt to maintain a household protected,” El Monte Mayor Jessica Ancona stated.
The officers responded to a name a couple of attainable stabbing at an El Monte motel, stated the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division, which is main the investigation.
When the officers arrived, “they confronted the suspect, and an officer-involved capturing occurred,” sheriff’s division Capt. Andrew Meyer stated. “The suspect fled the resort room into the car parking zone and a second officer-involved capturing occurred. Two officers from El Monte Police Division and the suspect have been struck by gunfire.”
The 2 officers have been taken to LAC + USC Medical Middle, the place they died of their accidents. Meyer stated it seems no sufferer was stabbed, however authorities are investigating. The suspect was pronounced useless on the scene.
One of many slain officers was a veteran of the police drive, with a minimum of 22 years on the job, Meyer stated. The opposite officer had been on the job for lower than a yr.
The mayor stated each officers have been deeply dedicated to defending the group.
“These two officers have been like household in our group with deep ties to our neighborhoods,” Ancona stated.
“Certainly one of our officers was raised in El Monte, went by way of our colleges and was excited to be part of the El Monte Police Division, the place he would be capable to serve and defend household and mates. The opposite fallen officer was a brand new officer, patrolling our streets, excited to be on the drive.”
The mayor stated each officers have been additionally fathers.
“These males have been devoted to their careers, and much more in order sons, husbands and fathers,” Ancona stated. “We stand in solidarity with them, embrace them and their households.”
El Monte’s interim police chief stated the slain officers have been heroes.
“These two males have been cherished. They have been good males,” interim Police Chief Ben Lowry stated.
“They paid the final word sacrifice serving their group, making an attempt to assist someone. They do with lots of of 1000’s of women and men do day-after-day throughout the US. … And these two heroes paid the final word sacrifice.”