SAN DIEGO, California (WDTN) – A San Diego Police officer has been killed in the line of duty.
It happened late Thursday night as the officers were making a traffic stop around 11 p.m. pacific time.
“The officers are heroic, out there protecting our city day and night,” San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said. “And, put out that they had made a stop and almost immediately, just so shortly after they put out that they were making a stop, that they needed emergency cover.”
Zimmerman says the officer was shot multiple times. He died at a hospital.
Other units responded and found the officers shot. Officers took one of the wounded policemen by patrol car to a hospital, but doctors were unable to save him.
The other officer had surgery at a different hospital, and police say he is expected to survive.
Police say they have one suspect in custody, and are searching for others.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male. Police say they found him near the scene of the shooting, suffering from a gunshot wound.
He was taken to a hospital for treatment.
The identity of the slain officer is not being released. A police spokesperson says the officer did have a wife and children.
Both officers were part of San Diego’s elite gang unit.
As the search for additional suspects continues, the San Diego Police Department has sent out tweets urging people to remain in their homes.
There was no immediate word on what touched off the violence.
The shooting comes with law officers around the country on alert following the killing of officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, this month.