LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) –An off-duty Los Angeles police officer was shot and killed in an attempted armed robbery in southern LA on Monday night.
At around 9:15 p.m., LA County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a shootout call in an alley near the 8700 block of Beach Street in South LA.
MPs arrived at the scene to find an officer on leave with gunshot wounds. MPs loaded him into one of their patrol cars and rushed him to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, where he died. His name was not immediately released.
According to the sheriff’s department, investigators learned that a black van had approached the officer on leave while he was with a companion. Three suspects, including at least one armed, got out of the truck. Following an argument, there was an exchange of gunfire and the officer was shot. The suspects then jumped into the pickup and fled.
Two firearms were recovered from the scene. One is believed to belong to the police officer and the other to one of the three suspects.
No arrests had yet been made. It was not known if there had been a security video of the murder.
“We are very limited in the amount of information we have, but we know we need the community’s help,” LAPD chief Michel Moore told reporters late Monday evening. “And we also have the faith and confidence that we will identify the person or persons responsible for this terrible attack and this grievous loss.”
A procession was held at around 5 a.m. on Tuesday to transport the body of the hospital officer to the LA County Coroner’s office in Boyle Heights. Officers and firefighters from several agencies lined the streets of Boyle Heights.
“Today we mourn the loss of a young officer who was assassinated while off duty,” LAPD tweeted Tuesday morning. “As we mourn his tragic loss, we ask you to keep his family and partners in your thoughts and prayers.”
The union that represents LAPD officers also released a statement about the shooting.
“Tonight we mourn the loss of one of our officers who was shot and killed in an attempted armed robbery,” the Los Angeles Police Protection League tweeted Tuesday morning. “The officer was not on duty. We pray for the officer’s family and fellow officers during this time of pain and grief. This is an active investigation. More information to follow.