May GOD receive him, and comfort his family…We ask a speedy recovery for the other officer…
- A gang member recently released on parole is believed to have killed his cousin at 5.30am on Monday before stealing his car and crashing it three hours later
- Whittier police officers responded to the crash and patted the gangster down
- He pulled out a gun and started shooting; the officers returned fire
- Officer Keith Boyer died in the hospital, while officer Patrick Hazel was wounded
- Boyer is the first Whittier police officer to die in the line of duty since 1979
- The suspect, who has history of serious crimes, is in stable condition
A gang member who had been released early from prison killed a veteran police officer and wounded another cop when they arrived at the scene in Whittier, California, after he rear-ended another vehicle.
Officer Keith Boyer died after the suspect involved in the crash on Monday morning pulled out a semiautomatic pistol and opened fire, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
A shootout ensued, and Officer Patrick Hazel was wounded, along with the suspect, identified as a 26-year-old gang member who was driving a stolen car, said Lt. John Corina.
The suspect had killed his cousin earlier Monday, before stealing his car and crashing it three hours later, Corina said.
Officers Expected a Routine Traffic Call…
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.’
Via: Daily Mail Online