Officer In Grave Condition, Suspect Dead After Gun Battle Erupts In San Bernardino

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Officer In Grave Condition, Suspect Dead After Gun Battle Erupts In San Bernardino

Post  TumbleWeed on Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:31 pm

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/08/22/officer-gravely-injured-suspect-dead-in-san-bernardino-shooting/

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A San Bernardino police training officer was shot and is in "very, very critical critical condition," San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said early this morning.


A fellow officer, a trainee, returned fire. He shot and killed the suspected gunman, described as a man in his 30s, the chief said at a press conference held in front of the San Bernardino Police Department.
The officer, 31, was a veteran of six-plus years on the force, officials said. He was shot at least twice in the torso and was rushed to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton.


Burguan said the wounded training officer came out of surgery about 7:30a.m. Friday, but remains in "very, very critical condition."
Some news outlets were reporting that the officer was also shot in the head but when asked specifically the chief said he won't say where the officer was shot or how many times citing multiple enty and exit wounds.
The officer has not yet been identified.


Both officers were out of their car and approaching a group of 4-5 people gathered in front of a residence around 2 a.m. in the 1900 block of N. Garner Ave. Gunshots erupted soon after the officers arrived, officials said.
A second officer returned fire and shot the suspect, who was taken to San Bernardino Community Hospital and later taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center where he died.


Burguan said at a second news conference in front of the police station that police have five people in custody.
He identified them only as a 31-year-old San Bernardino man, a 19-year-old female, an 18-year-old San Bernardino woman and a 24-year-old San Bernardino man.


A fifth person of interest in the case, a 22-year-old San Bernardino man who ran from the scene of the shooting, was found about 8 a.m. at a house in the neighborhood.
He and the four other people taken into custody earlier are being questioned by police. No one hasten been arrested, the chief said at 9 a.m.


"A couple of them are familiar with us," Burguan said, but he did not say what specific contact they had had with officers or which suspects he was referring to.


The chief said an AK-47 assault rifle and a revolver were still at the scene at 9 a.m.
"It is a little early to tell" which suspect fired first, the chief said.
Officers waited until daylight to begin processing evidence so as not to miss anything in the darkness, the chief said.


As a result, the weapons have not yet been examined to find out which of them were fired and how many rounds were fired.
There are "a lot of rounds, a lot of shell casings" at the scene, Burguan said.
Burguan said several residents heard gunfire and called 911. San Bernardino police, California Highway Patrol officers and school police officers responded.

San Bernardino police spokesman Lt. Rich Lawhead said the training officer, a 6 1/2-year veteran of the department with two small children, was shot at least twice in the upper body.


He was patrolling a low-income neighborhood near San Bernardino Community Hospital comprised of 60-and 70-year-old homes with a trainee who graduated from a sheriff's academy two months ago.


"The officers made a pro-active stop," he said, when they saw six people gathered in the street around vehicles at 2 in the morning.


"That's pretty suspicious activity to be out in the street in an area where we have had several burglaries and other things that have occurred. I am sure they (the officers) were making contact to find out what they were doing in that area."


Lawhead said shots were fired at the officers "almost immediately and a gun battle erupted.


"The training officer goes down," he said. "The trainee engages the suspects in a very protracted gun battle. Several rounds are fired.


"One of the suspects was hit multiple times and was transported to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries."


No one else was injured, he said.


The trainee officer who returned fire, killing one of the suspects,� "is upstairs" at the headquarters police station, Lawhead said.


"Obviously, it is a very traumatic situation to be involved in a shooting," Lawhead said. "He is very shook up."
The trainee officer was preparing to be interviewed by investigators, the chief said at 9 a.m.


"He did a remarkable job" for an officer with his experience," Burguan said.
Lawhead said the department has had one other officer wounded in the last year, but he was not sure when that was.
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Post  TumbleWeed on Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:37 pm

Sur Crazy Ones....

Hope the officer pulls through, he has two small children.
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