A California police officer was killed and a second cop wounded while serving a search warrant at an apartment, city officials said.
The officers, who were not immediately identified, were shot late Monday afternoon at an apartment in San Luis Obispo, where the suspected gunman was killed by police, city officials said in a statement.
“This is a tragedy beyond measure for all of those who serve and care about our community,” San Luis Obispo City Manager Derek Johnson said. “Our deepest condolences go out to the family. We are devastated by this loss.”
The wounded officer was rushed to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition as of late Monday. A message seeking comment about his condition was not immediately returned by police early Tuesday.
The name of the suspect was also not immediately released. The shooting occurred at an apartment on Camellia Court, where residents told the San Luis Obispo Tribune they saw parts of the incident unfold.
“I heard like a very loud knocking – I don’t know if it was the police or what,” said Victoria Torres, 21. “I always hear noises here so I didn’t think anything of it until I heard the gunshots.”
Torres said she then spotted a cop car outside her window and walked downstairs.
“That’s when I saw the man,” Torres said, adding that he was carrying a “big gun” and started shooting at cops from the door of an apartment as the officers took cover.
Torres then hid while calling 911, she said.
“I was pretty startled and frightened,” she continued. “I just hid. I looked out the window again when it got quiet. Because I wasn’t sure what happened.”
The officers proceeded to move behind Torres’ car when she stopped watching the incident unfold because “it was too scary,” she said.
Another witness said she heard cops banging on a door before the gunshots.
“We’re going to come in,” Monica Rochte, 31, said, recalling what she heard the officers say. “We know you’re in there.”
The officers then yelled out that the suspect had a gun before up to 20 shots rang out, Rochte said.
“I would have never expected something like this to happen, especially down here because it’s like, it’s mostly just like families and stuff,” Rochte said. “Some care homes down the way. The only time we have an ambulance is because one of the older people at that care home needs care.”