The shooting started after a traffic stop. One officer has been killed, the other is in the hospital fighting for his life.
A San Diego Police Department officer has died and another officer remains hospitalized after a late-night shooting during a traffic stop just south of downtown San Diego. Both officers are part of the force’s Elite Gang Unit.
The SDPD said one suspect was in custody shortly after the shooting, while authorities continued to search for other possible suspects.
At around 8:10 a.m. Friday, officers surrounded a home in San Diego’s Shelltown area, honing in on possible additional suspects.
At a press conference early Friday morning, SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman said the officers were conducting the traffic stop shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday in the 3800 block of Boston Avenue in San Diego’s Southcrest neighborhood when they were fired upon.
Shortly after stopping their car, the officers called for emergency cover.
Additional law enforcement officers swarmed the area. There, they found both officers suffering from gunshot wounds.
One officer, who suffered multiple wounds, was rushed in a patrol car to Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest. Doctors were unable to save his life.
The second officer was taken to UC Medical Center, also in Hillcrest, and is expected to survive. At around 3:30 a.m., the officer had come out of surgery and was recovering, the police chief said.
The mood at the hospital was somber as dozens of officers from all ranks came in and out of the building all morning. Zimmerman said the situation was simply heartbreaking for her police department. She stayed at the hospital, comforting the families of the officers.
Other SDPD leaders, including Asst. Chief Terry McManus and Capt. David Nisleit, also visited the hospital. As officers filed in, they greeted one another with hugs and pained expressions.
Zimmerman did not immediately provide additional details about the officers, but said the officer who died has a wife and two children.