Two police officers died after being shot in El Monte, Calif., on Tuesday while responding to a possible stabbing at a motel, authorities said.
The El Monte Police Department said two officers “immediately took shots upon arrival” at the Siesta Inn.
The officers were taken to LAC-USC Medical Center, where they died of their injuries, ABC News Los Angeles station KABC reported.
Neither the officers nor the suspect have been identified, and additional details about the incident were not immediately available.
“There are no words to describe our grief and devastation at this senseless act when we learned of the deaths of two of our officers,” the city, police department and police association said. El Monte in a statement. “It weighs heavily on our hearts and we send our support to their families. We would also like to thank the community of El Monte and our surrounding government agencies for the overwhelming support we have received over the past few hours.”
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has taken over the investigation, the El Monte Police Department said.
We are saddened by the news of two El Monte Police Officers killed in the line of duty a few hours ago. On behalf of our department and community, we offer our condolences to their families, partners, and everyone who wears the badge in service of others tonight. pic.twitter.com/NVmibe5Nw0
— City of Riverside Police Department (@RiversidePolice) June 15, 2022