Three Palm Springs police officers were shot Saturday, prompting a massive manhunt for suspects.
Palm Springs police have not released details on the officers’ conditions. But one law enforcement source told The Times that two of the officers were gravely injured and at least one might not survive. Families were being rushed to the hospital, the source said.
Officials said they were dealing with “an active scene” but provided few additional details. Police said the active scene was unfolding near the corner of Racquet Club Road and Sunrise Way.
Sergeant William Hutchinson said said someone opened fire on officers who were responding to a family disturbance call.
Three Palm Springs police officers were shot about 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, following an officer-involved shooting, police said, and as of Saturday afternoon the scene remained active.
The shooting took place near the intersection of Cypress and Del Lago roads in Palm Springs, per KMIR.
Officers responded to reports of a family disturbance and were met with gunfire originating from a nearby home, said Palm Springs Police Department Sgt. William Hutchinson.
Hutchinson said the man suspected of opening fire was still at large and it was not known whether he was in the home officers responded to, or elsewhere.
Bill Buxton, a 56-year-old Palm Springs native, was sitting on his porch at about 1 p.m. when authorities began responding to the shooting.
"All of a sudden, all hell broke loose," said Buxton, who lives just north of the neighborhood where the shooting occurred. "Every siren you can imagine, for 30 minutes straight. ... This doesn't happen here."
All three officers were taken to the hospital in unknown condition.Shortly before 4 p.m. it wasn't clear what the officers' conditions were.
Dozens of law enforcement personnel responded to the scene from multiple agencies including the Hemet Police Department and the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
Three Hemet police officers and a rescue vehicle have been sent to assist in a Palm Springs emergency situation, said Hemet police Sgt. Glen Brock. He could not comment on the specifics of the emergency.
Authorities from several agencies have blocked streets near Francis Dr. And Bahada Road. No word on exactly where the shooting took place. pic.twitter.com/JBj78fddop
— Patrick O'Neill (@PE_PatrickO) October 8, 2016Palm Spring Police