BREAKING: Officer targeted, shot to death in police station parking lot
An officer shot to death while sitting in his car in the parking lot of Downey police headquarters was apparently targeted, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said Thursday.
Officer Ricardo Galvez was in the driver’s seat of his personal vehicle when two male suspects ran up and opened fire late Wednesday, Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said. The five-year department veteran died in the car.
Another officer heard the gunshots and pursued the suspects, who drove off into the neighboring city of Montebello. Authorities didn’t say whether they believed Galvez was targeted for personal reasons or because of his profession.
A large perimeter was set up as SWAT officers swept neighborhoods early Thursday.