Rest in Peace Officer Keith Boyer, a 27-year veteran of the Whittier Police Department.
Officer Patrick Hazel, who was hired three years ago by Whittier police, was also injured in the shooting and is expected to survive, sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said.
“It’s extremely tragic,” Corina said. “You’ve got a couple officers who just responded to a traffic accident, and they think they’re there to help out people involved in a traffic accident. Next thing they know, they got this guy shooting at them. He shoots both of them and kills one of them.”
Corina said the suspect, who is only being identified as a 26 year-old man, was allegedly driving a stolen car when he opened fire on the Whittier officers and may be involved in another deadly shooting that happened hours earlier Monday in East L.A.
The suspect was also wounded in the shooting and is expected to survive. He is believed to have been released on parole within the past two weeks, though authorities did not know why he had been serving time. –