Two hero police officers killed in horror motel shootout after confronting stabbing suspect in LA | The Sun
TWO cops have been killed in a shootout at a motel in California, according to reports.
Officers swooped on the Siesta Inn in El Monte on Tuesday afternoon as they responded to calls of a possible stabbing.
Capt. Andrew Meyer, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau, said cops confronted a man, and gunfire erupted.
More shots were fired as he fled into the parking lot.
The suspect was hit by gunfire and died at the scene.
A woman, who is believed to be the suspect's girlfriend, had not been stabbed, cops revealed.
One of the cops that were struck was a 22-year veteran, while the other was a rookie who had been with the department for less than a year.
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The officers, who haven't been named, were taken to hospital where they died of their injuries.
El Monte interim police chief Ben Lowry described the officers as "heroes" who were "loved".
Lowry said the cops were "murdered by a coward", The Mercury News reported.
And El Monte Mayor Jessica Ancona said: "Heartbroken doesn't begin to express the loss that we feel.
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"They were acting as the first line of defense for community members when they were essentially ambushed while trying to keep the family safe."
Mayra Lomeli, who lives in the area, was at the El Perico Market store when she heard gunshots, the Los Angeles Times reported.
She told the outlet: "I didn't know what was going on, but I know that sometimes desperate people will run into nearby buildings looking to escape."
And, witness Arthur Kintsbury told CBS News that he heard five gunshots before additional cops swooped on the scene.
He said: "I saw the suspect was on the ground.
"I already knew considering he was laying there motionless he was deceased."
The El Monte Police Department said: "There are no words to describe our grief and devastation by this senseless act as we learned about the passing of two of our police officers.
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"It weighs heavy on our hearts and we are sending our support to their families.
"We would also like to thank the El Monte community and our surrounding government agencies for the outpouring [of] support we have received in the last few hours."
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