At least two Southern California policemen were shot and killed along with the suspect while responding to a report of a stabbing in El Monte on Tuesday.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the incident happened around 4:47 P.M at the Siesta Inn near Central and Garvey avenues.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Capt. Andrew Meyer, who leads the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Homicide Bureau, confirmed in a news conference that the officers confronted the suspect in a motel room and fired their weapons, where the suspect fled out of the room and into a parking lot, and the officers fired at the suspect again.
Medical practitioners took the two police officers to the Los Angeles County USC Medical Center, where they died, and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
Meyer said that investigators retrieved a gun next to the suspect.
Meyer said twenty investigators on Tuesday night were searching for surveillance video and interviewing witnesses, including a woman inside the motel room, when the officers arrived.
Capt. Ben Lowry, the El Monte Police Department acting chief, described the officers as heroes.
“They were good men. These two heroes paid the ultimate sacrifice today. They were murdered by a coward,” Lowry said.
El Monte officials did not name the police officers, but Lowry said that one was a 22-year veteran, and the other had been on the force for less than a year.
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