Two police officers serving a warrant in San Luis Obispo, California, were shot on Monday, one fatally, according to authorities.
The shots were fired as officers served a warrant at a city apartment at approximated 5:20 p.m. reports said.
One of the officers was killed in the shooting, while the second officer was transported to an area hospital and is in stable condition, according to the San Luis Obispo Police Department.
“The suspect is deceased and there is no threat to public safety at this time,” tweeted the department.
A San Luis Obispo Police Department officer was killed in the line of duty as a result of a shooting that occurred while SLOPD officers were serving a search warrant today.
— San Luis Obispo Police Department (@SLOCityPolice) May 11, 2021
A neighbor said she was upstairs in her bedroom when she heard “a very loud knocking” at an apartment across from her.
“I don’t know if it was the police or what,” Victoria Torres, 21, told the San Luis Obispo Tribune.
“I always hear noises here so I didn’t think anything of it until I heard the gunshots.”
According to Torres she walked downstairs, looked out a window, and saw a man carrying a “big gun” who began shooting at officers from the door of an apartment.
She said that officers were hiding behind their car, the paper reported.
(Learn More. Courtesy of News Pilot and YouTube. Posted on May 11, 2021.)
“This is a tragedy beyond measure for all of those who serve and care about our community,” said Derek Johnson, San Luis Obispo City Manager.
“Our deepest condolences go out to the family. We are devastated by this loss.”
Editor’s note: Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the slain officer, both blood and blue.
Thank you for your bravery in serving the citizens of San Luis Obispo with pride and distinction. Our hearts are heavy with your loss. You will not be forgotten.
AST strives to meet a 3 STAR trustworthiness rating, based on the following criteria:
- Provides named sources
- Reported by more than one notable outlet
- Includes supporting video, direct statements, or photos