The Borneo Post (Sabah)

California man arrested for killing one police officer, wounding another


LOS ANGELES: A California man was arrested after a 15hour standoff with a police SWAT team and charged with killing one police officer and wounding another, authoritie­s said.

Pomona, Ca, Police Officer Gregg Casillas was shot and killed, and a second officer was shot in the face, authoritie­s said on the Pomona police Twitter and Facebook pages.

“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of our brother, Officer Gregg Casillas,” the department’s Twitter page said.

Casillas and a second officer pursued the suspect in a vehicle after he allegedly crashed his car into an apartment complex in Pomona, The Los Angeles Times and other media reported.

The man, identified by police as Isaias De Jesus Valencia, 39, fled on foot and the two officers chased him, the paper reported. Valencia barricaded himself in an apartment and when the officers arrived, he shot through the door, killing Casillas and wounding the second officer, who has not been identified.

Valencia was arrested after police used tear gas and deployed trained dogs to force him to surrender, local media reported.

No informatio­n about charges were available. The second police officer underwent surgery and was expected to recover, media reported. No police spokespers­on was immediatel­y available for comment. — Reuters

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