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Authorities in Southern California were searching for a suspect after an off-duty Los Angeles police officer was shot and killed early Saturday morning.
Juan Jose Diaz, 24, had been with the LAPD for two years, and was recently assigned to the department’s Professional Standards Bureau.
Officer Diaz was a dedicated civil servant, and Angeleno who are service to others above all else,” the department said in a Tweet. “The void his loss leaves in our ranks will not soon be filled.”
The New york times, citing an official briefed on the investigation, reported that Diaz was out with his girlfriend and two other men at a taco stand in Lincoln Heights area of Los Angeles when he noticed that the man was the destruction of something near and spoke to him. The man left, but returned a short time later returned with a group of other men, and lifted up his shirt to show a handgun, the officer said.
The official added that Diaz and the others were trying to get in a car, in order to prevent the violence, but the men began to shoot at it.
SUSPECT IN LOS ANGELES FOR THE SHOOTING SPREE, WHICH KILLED 3 AND CAPTURED AFTER A MANHUNT
Assistant to the chief of police of Beatrice Girmala told reporters a passer-by and flag down an LAPD motorcycle officer, a short, 1-hour, Other agents arrived on the spot, and found Diaz and the other a man is suffering from gunshot wounds. Diaz was pronounced dead at the scene, while the second-in-command, was admitted to the hospital in unknown condition.
The official told the AP that the police believe that the shooter is a member of the Potential that this band, which is now the focus of the research. It is not known when or Diaz identified himself as a police officer during the initial encounter with the defendant.
“I don’t think that there was some exchange of gunfire,” the LAPD spokesperson Meghan Aguilar said. “He’s [Diaz], and he was killed. This is not a run-and-gun combat of any kind.”
“Our hearts are breaking today for one of our officers was killed while trying to enjoy a night out with friends,” the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said in a statement. “We mourn the loss of our brother and we will always remember him, and make an offering to the Los Angeles Police Department and the citizens of our city … We are calling for the head of the Police force in order to make use of every available resource Department to make up for the coward and his co-conspirators, who are responsible for this heinous act are soon apprehended and brought to justice.”
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Chief Michel Moore has asked for the public’s help in finding the attacker. Anyone with knowledge of the gunman’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 or (877) 527-3247
“Words cannot match the depths of sorrow, and that Angelenos are feeling today,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement, adding: “Our hearts are with Officer Diaz’s family and friends. They have experienced a loss that no one should ever have to suffer from the conditions instead of all of us. My promise is that we will hold them close, to stand with them every step of the way, and will never tire until you find it, and we will continue the vicious criminals responsible for this terrible tragedy.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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