One officer killed, another wounded by suspect in ongoing barricade situation
iStock/Thinkstock(PONOMA, Calif.) — One officer was killed and another wounded by a suspect who fired through an apartment door in an ongoing barricade situation in Southern California, authorities said.
The incident began around 9 p.m. local time Friday night in the city of Pomona after police responded to a report of a reckless vehicle, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Capt. Christopher Bergner said at a press conference Saturday morning.
Two officers pursued the vehicle, which failed to yield, leading to a crash, Bergner said.
The suspect, whose identity is unknown, fled the vehicle and ran into an apartment building, in which he barricaded himself. As officers tried to enter, he fired a gun through the door, hitting two Pomona police officers, Bergner said.
Both officers were taken to the hospital, where one died from his injuries. The second officer is in serious condition after undergoing surgery.
As of 8:30 local time Saturday morning, the suspect was still barricaded in the apartment. Crisis negotiators have been trying to talk to him, but have not yet been able to enter the scene, Bergner said.
All residents of the apartment building have been evacuated, authorities said.
Video from the scene shows a pickup truck that appears to have crashed into other vehicles. Video also shows a wounded officer lying on the ground as other officers perform chest compressions on him.
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