An off-duty officer was shot and killed while shopping with his girlfriend in South Los Angeles; 5 inmates
An off-duty Los Angeles police officer was fatally shot in a robbery while he and his girlfriend were house hunting in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood of Los Angeles County late Monday night, and five people were arrested in connection with the incident. .
The shooting was reported around 9:15 p.m. near the intersection of Beach Street and East 87and Street after a black pickup truck approached the off-duty officer and several suspects exited, according to a press release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff‘s Department.
At one point, the officer told his girlfriend to run away. An argument broke out and a shooting involving an officer occurred, according to the press release.
“Our officer exchanged fire with at least one of these suspects. We have our officer’s weapon and we have an additional weapon that we believe is responsible for this assault,” Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore said at a press conference.
The suspects, described only as three men, then returned to their vehicle and fled in an unknown direction.
Deputies responded to the location and transported the officer in their cruiser to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the news release.
Authorities later said they had five people – three men and two women – in custody and were investigating whether a man who was found with a gunshot wound a few miles from the fatal shooting was linked to the attack. ‘incident. None of those detained have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Officials described the fatal shooting as a robbery gone wrong.
“He was shopping just outside the city of Los Angeles in the unincorporated county of LA for his first home with his girlfriend…gunfire followed and he was shot and pronounced dead before he can be transported to the hospital,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
The officer was identified as Fernando Arroyos, 27 years old. He had worked at the department for three years and was assigned to the Olympic division, officials said. He was an only child and is survived by his mother and stepfather.
In a tweet showing an image of Arroyos on Tuesday night, the LAPD called the shooting a “senseless act of violence.”
“He had a bright future, a bright future that was viciously taken away because of street robbery,” Moore said.
Sky 5 aerial video showed a line of police vehicles escorting the officer’s body from St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office around 5 a.m.
The Los Angeles Police Protection League released a statement following news of the officer’s death.
“We pray for the officer’s family and their fellow officers during this time of pain and grief,” part of the statement posted on Twitter read.
“Our hearts break at this tragic loss to our police department and our city,” Garcetti later tweeted. “I join all of Los Angeles in mourning today, and keep his loved ones in my prayers.”
Sheriff Alex Villanueva also tweeted about the fatal shooting.
“Last night I responded to a Los Angeles hospital where my deputies helped transport an off duty police officer who had been shot to the hospital,” his tweet read. “There is nothing more tragic and appalling than receiving this phone call…Rest assured, our department’s investigators are working hard to hold those accountable for this cowardly act.”
The Sheriff’s Department investigation is ongoing, and officials have encouraged anyone with information to call the homicide office at 323-890-5500.
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