Community, family honor slain Pomona police officer in candlelight vigil

13 March, 2018, 12:03 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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One of two Pomona police officers shot while responding to a barricaded suspect has died, CBS Los Angeles reports.

"It's a sad day for the Pomona Police Department, and it's a sad day for our community, and its a sad day for law enforcement in general", said Pomona PD Chief, Michael Olivieri, a grim press conference where he announced that one of his officers had died. The suspect was identified as 39-year-old Isaias De Jesus Valencia, of Pomona.

Photo Officer Greggory Casillas of the Pomona Police Department in California was shot and killed on Friday night.

The man then ran into an apartment building, where he fired at officers from behind a door of a unit, police said. The pursuit ended when Valencia's pickup truck crashed into a parked vehicle, and he took off on foot, according to Capt. Chris Bergner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. A second officer was hospitalized in serious condition, shot in the face while he tried to rescue Casillas, authorities said.

Olivieri later tweeted that a police escort will take the officer's body from the hospital to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

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Police said they still don't know who the suspect is, but are communicating with him.

The shooting was reported at 9:10 p.m. Friday in the 1400 block of South Palomares Street, said Deputy Trina Schrader of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which is assisted Pomona police in the investigation.

"SEB entered the location where the suspect was barricaded and deployed an LASD K-9", he said Saturday.

The man was holed up in the apartment for more than 15 hours as a SWAT team used flash-bang grenades and cameras to watch him and crisis negotiators tried to coax him into coming out peacefully.

The unnamed suspect remained barricaded inside the apartment complex for most of Saturday, though officers had made contact with him, according to the Sheriff's Information Bureau. The apartment complex has been completely evacuated. "His ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten". Casillas received his Pomona Police Department badge in September 2017.



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