Allen B. West

JUST IN: 2 police officers SHOT, 1 DEAD

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It is with a heavy heart that we report on two more police officers being shot in the line of duty. One has died from his wounds, while the other is now expected to survive.

One suspect is in custody, while police search for additional possible suspects.

As NBC San Diego reports:

A San Diego Police Department officer has died and another officer remains hospitalized after a late-night shooting during a traffic stop just south of downtown San Diego. Both officers are part of the force’s Elite Gang Unit.

The SDPD said one suspect is in custody and authorities continue to search for other possible suspects.

At a press conference early Friday morning, SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman said the officers were conducting the traffic stop shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday in the 3800 block of Boston Avenue in San Diego’s Southcrest neighborhood when they were fired upon.

Shortly after stopping their car, the officers called for emergency cover.

Additional law enforcement officers swarmed the area. There, they found both officers suffering from gunshot wounds.

One officer, who suffered multiple wounds, was rushed in a patrol car to Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest. Doctors were unable to save his life.

The second officer was taken to another local hospital and is expected to survive. At around 3:30 a.m., the officer had come out of surgery and was recovering, the police chief said.

Zimmerman would not say whether the situation was an ambush or not, and said the shooting is under investigation.

Following the shooting, police launched a manhunt for the suspects, combing through Boston Avenue and surrounding areas. A shelter-in-place was issued for the 3800 block of Boston Avenue and surrounding areas. The location is just west of where Interstate 15 and Interstate 5 meet, near Barrio Logan and Logan Heights.

During the search, officials took one suspect, who has not yet been identified, into custody. The suspect, who was found in a nearby ravine, also suffered from a gunshot wound and was hospitalized.

The search continued Friday morning for possible additional suspects as authorities used a helicopter, SWAT vehicles and patrol cars to scour the area.

At this point, police have not released a description of the suspects.

One just has to ask, why not release a description of the suspects? Experience with other similar situations would suggest this means, in all likelihood, that the suspects are not white males. Admittedly, I have no personal experience in law enforcement, but wouldn’t it be helpful to alert the community to who the police are looking for — not only to potentially aid in the search, but also for the community members themselves to be on alert for their own safety?

The deaths of police officers have  become far too common these days, as the chart below shows. While the chart below includes multiple causes of death, death by shooting is far and away the top cause. [See more here.]

law enforcement fatalities

Meanwhile, no word of protestors out to rally against yet another pair of brave officers shot in the line of duty.

Prayers for the officers, their families and the community.

UPDATE:

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has released a statement on the latest attack on police:

No word from his opponent, Hillary Clinton (#ShockingNotShocking)

[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]

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