Officer Keith Boyer of California was shot dead while chasing down a suspect who turned out to be a 26-year-old gang member, who was released from prison on parole, and began a murderous rampage through the city of Whittier.
The officers were called in after residents noticed a car driving wildly and backing up into other cars. During a pat down, the suspect the suspect pulled out a semiautomatic pistol and began a shootout. Officer Patrick Hazel was also wounded.
Officers were wearing bulletproof vests and managed to injure the suspect so he could be taken into custody.
Once the suspect was under control, police uncovered that he was driving a stolen car. In fact, it was his cousin’s car, which he stole after killing his cousin earlier that day.
The Daily Mail says:
The police officers were responding to what they thought was a routine traffic call at 8.30am on Monday, according to the sheriff’s department.
Police were unaware that the suspect was driving a stolen car, which he had slammed into other vehicle near Colima Road and Mar Vista Street in the eastern Los Angeles County suburb.
The officers approached the suspect and started patting him down when he pulled out a gun from his waistband and started shooting, Corina said.
The officers, who were wearing bulletproof vests, returned fire and injured the suspect.
Boyer, a 27-year veteran of the Whittier police force, died in the hospital, while Hazel is reportedly in stable condition.
‘Unbeknownst to the Whittier police officers, when they went to pull the car over, they had a murder suspect … in a stolen car,’ Corina said.
‘It’s extremely tragic,’ he said. ‘You just never know when officers respond to a call what they are going to run into.’
Sheriff Jim McDonnel said: ‘They walked up on the vehicle believing the motorist was in need of medical help and then they ended up in a gunfight for their lives.’