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Two San Diego Police officers shot, one fatally, suspect in custody

July 29, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Two San Diego Police officers shot, one fatally, suspect in custody

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San Diego Police officials say a suspect gunned down one police officer, wounding another late Thursday, following a traffic stop late Thursday night.

According to the San Diego Tribune, responding officers rushed both officers in patrol cars to Scripps Mercy Hospital.

During a press conference outside the hospital, an emotional Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said the gang suppression officers immediately radioed for back up shortly after reporting a traffic stop around 11 p.m. Thursday.

Zimmerman said the deceased officer leaves behind a wife and two children, “It is extremely difficult, but something you have to do, there’s nothing that prepares you to do that.”

The Police Chief said doctors remained hopeful the wounded officer will survive. He added that the officer’s wife is with him at the hospital, where he had undergone surgery Friday morning.

Footage showed police out in force with dozens of squad cars with emergency lights flashing lining a street, officers patrolling on foot, and a helicopter buzz overhead.

Law enforcement officials didn’t say what touched ofF the violence, which took place around 11 p.m. PDT in the southeastern neighborhood of Southcrest.

Authorities urged residents to stay inside as police flooded the area searching for the suspects.

Police nabbed the male suspect in a ravine, who was reportedly being treated Friday at a hospital. His condition was unknown.

Investigators determined the killer had acted alone followed a long manhunt around the city’s Southcrest involving SWAT teams, squad cars, and helicopters.

Raul Meza said on NBC7 San Diego’s Facebook page he lives next to where the shooting occurred and said he couldn’t count the amount of police cars he saw.

“I couldn’t even tell you how many cop cars were racing down the freeway, I’ve never seen anything like that before,” said, Meza

The shooting comes as police agencies around the nation remain on high alert following the killing of officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, earlier this month.

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