One Whittier police officer has died and another officer was wounded following a shootout with a suspected gang member Monday morning, authorities said.
The incident, which also left a suspect injured, occurred around 8:30 a.m. in the area of Colima Road and Mar Vista Street in Whittier, the Sheriff's Department said in a news release.
The officers were responding at the time to a report of a traffic collision in the area, sheriff's Lt. John Corina said at a news conference at the scene.
While they were investigating the collision, the occupants of one of the vehicles, on Colima, told the officers the other car involved was parked around the corner on Mar Vista, according to Corina. Investigators believe the suspect's car hit the other two vehicles.
The officers then went over to that vehicle to contact the driver.
"When they did, that’s when the shooting happened," Corina said.
He added the car driven by the suspect was allegedly stolen.
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