Two police officers are dead and one is wounded after a shooting in Palm Springs on Saturday, according to a source familiar with the incident.
Dozens of law enforcement officers are involved in a search for the shooter or shooters in the area of Cypress and Del Lago roads in Palm Springs. Police are encouraging residents in the area to stay indoors while they conduct an investigation.
At 3:15 p.m., multiple officers in tactical gear were maintaining defensive positions behind a four-foot concrete wall as if a shooter were still on scene. Several other officers stood close by an armored vehicle parked on Cypress Road a block south of Francis Road.
Witnesses said they heard between 10 and 20 gunshots from what sounded like machine guns. Over a dozen patrol cars, three fire engines and a SWAT truck were at the scene of the incident at 2 p.m. Palm Springs police and San Jacinto police were on scene.
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Scores of officers are on the look out for the shooter after officers were called to a “domestic dispute”.
A SWAT truck and fire engines rushed to offer assistance alongside more than a dozen police cars following the attack at 2pm local time (22:00 GMT).
The condition of the officers, who are believed to have been rushed to a nearby hospital, are yet to be confirmed.
However local reports have claimed that two officers have died of their wounds.
Witnesses described the chilling sounds of the incident, with locals hearing 10 to 20 rounds of bullets in what sounded like machine gun fire.