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One officer dead, another injured in shootout after report of traffic collision in Whittier

 

February 20, 2017

One officer was killed and a second injured in a shootout with a suspected gang member Monday morning in Whittier, authorities said.

Another person was also injured in the shooting, authorities said.

The officers were responding to a report of a traffic collision near Colima Road and Mar Vista Street about 8 a.m when the shooting occurred, said Lt. Steve Dean of the Whittier Police Department.

The three injured were were taken to a hospital, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said.

Police and fire officials did not have information on the condition of the other two injured, or on any suspects.

Emergency responders performed CPR on a male officer while wheeling him into an ambulance, said Brian Feinzimer, a freelance photojournalist who was at the scene as authorities responded Monday morning.

Also visible in the eastbound lanes of Mar Vista Street east of Colima Road was a Whittier Police SUV with shattered windows and a suspect who was handcuffed face down on the pavement, Feinzimer said.

The Whittier Police Department has about 128 sworn officers that police the cities of Whittier and Santa Fe Springs in southeastern Los Angeles County.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

Those who would like provide a tip anonymously are asked to contact Crime Stoppers by dialing 800-222-8477, or by visiting the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.