Po­lice of­fi­cer killed while re­spond­ing to traf­fic ac­ci­dent

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WHIT­TIER, Calif. — A Cal­i­for­nia po­lice of­fi­cer was killed and an­other wounded in a shoot­ing Mon­day while they were try­ing to help a man who had been in a traf­fic ac­ci­dent in Whit­tier, of­fi­cials said. The two city po­lice of­fi­cers had re­sponded to a re­port of a traf­fic ac­ci­dent and ap­proached the ve­hi­cle when they were shot, said Lt. John Co­rina of the Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment. Po­lice re­turned fire, wound­ing the sus­pect. His name was not re­leased, and his con­di­tion was not im­me­di­ately avail­able. The slain of­fi­cer’s name was not re­leased.

The wounded of­fi­cer was in sta­ble con­di­tion, said Nicole Nishida, a spokes­woman for the Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment.

“It’s ex­tremely tragic,’’ Co­rina said. “You just never know when of­fi­cers re­spond to a call what they are go­ing to run into.’’

Co­rina said po­lice had not yet iden­ti­fied the sus­pect but be­lieve he is a gang mem­ber who the of­fi­cers did not know. In­ves­ti­ga­tors did not know why the sus­pect opened fire. “We’re still look­ing into that,’’ Co­rina said. “We be­lieve the car he was in has come back as a stolen car, so that I’m sure is one of the rea­sons.’’

The other peo­ple in­volved in the ac­ci­dent were not in­jured. The Whit­tier Po­lice Depart­ment has about 125 sworn of­fi­cers who po­lice Whit­tier and Santa Fe Springs in south­east­ern Los An­ge­les County.

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