LOS ANGELES — An off-duty officer of the Los Angeles Police Department was shot and killed during what is being called an attempted robbery in the unincorporated Florence-Firestone neighborhood of South Los Angeles late Monday night, according to a report
The fatal shooting occurred about 9:15 p.m. near the intersection of Beach Street and East 87th Street after a black pickup truck approached the off-duty officer, KTLA reported.
Several individuals exited the suspect vehicle and a confrontation occurred, which led to an officer-involved shooting, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
“Our officer exchanged gunfire with at least one of these suspects. We do have our officer’s gun and we have an additional weapon that we believe was responsible for this assault,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore said during a news conference.
ollowing the deadly shooting, the male suspects returned to their truck and fled the scene.
Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies responded to the location and transported the officer in their patrol unit to a local hospital. However, the wounds proved fatal, according to LASD’s news release.
Sheriff’s homicide detectives later confirmed the suspects were engaged in a robbery, KTLA reported.
The deceased officer’s identity has not been released at the time of publication.