A Whittier police officer was killed and another officer and a gunman were wounded in a gun battle Monday morning, officials said.
The officers, who had not yet been identified, approached the suspected gunman's vehicle completely unaware that it was stolen.
The officers were responding to a report of a traffic collision near Colima Road and Mar Vista Street about 8 a.m when the shooting occurred, said Lt. Steve Dean of the Whittier Police Department.
The two police officers and the suspect were all initially transported to local hospitals in unknown conditions, the release stated.
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Two police officers were taken to a nearby hospital. The slain officer's name was not released.
The second officer was in stable condition. "You just never know when officers respond to a call what they are going to run into". When the officers arrived they were confronted by that driver, who was armed with a semiautomatic handgun, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
Authorities have not released many other details, and it was not immediately clear what prompted the shooting. The suspect, who has not been identified, is a known gang member, he said.