Two El Monte police officers killed in shooting; suspect dead
two el monte police officers killed in shooting; suspect dead

Two El Monte police officers killed in shooting; suspect dead


Two El Monte police officers were shot and killed Tuesday evening while responding to a possible stabbing, according to authorities.

El Monte city officials said in a release that the officers immediately took gunfire upon responding to the Siesta Inn near Central and Garvey avenues. Both were taken to L.A. County-USC Medical Center.

A law enforcement source said the officers responded to a radio call at the hotel, got into a confrontation and were shot at close range.

Another source told The Times that the suspect shot through the door after the officers knocked.

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In a statement shortly before 8 p.m., Sheriff’s Department officials said a male adult was pronounced dead at the scene. A spokesperson for the department, which is leading the investigation, clarified that the person was the shooting suspect.

Three officers opened fire during the encounter, a source in the department told The Times.

The shooting was reported around 4:47 p.m., according to the Sheriff’s Department statement.

Further information was not immediately available.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

Those who want to make an anonymous tip can call Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or visit lacrimestoppers.org.

Times staff writer Alene Tchekmedyian contributed to this report.

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