LASD Homicide Assisting Whittier PD with Officer Involved Shooting, Mar Vista St and Colima Rd, Whittier Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives are continuing to assist Whittier Police Department personnel investigate the circumstances surrounding an Officer-Involved Shooting that occurred at Mar Vista Street and Colima Road, Whittier on Monday February 20, 2017 at approximately 8:30 a.m.
Detectives have learned that the suspect rear-ended another car on Colima Road and Mar Vista Street, Whittier. The suspect exited his car and asked the people from the vehicle he hit to help push his car out of the intersection. The suspect pushed his car around the corner onto Mar Vista Street.
Two Officers contacted the suspect. As they were getting him out of his car the suspect produced a handgun and started shooting at the officers. The officers returned fire and during the exchange both officers and the suspect were shot.
Other officers arrived on scene and took the suspect into custody. Both officers were transported to the hospital, where one died from the injuries and the other is in stable condition. The suspect was also transported to the hospital and is in stable condition.
The suspect is a known gang member on parole on early release. The vehicle he was in was stolen earlier today out of East Los Angeles. A handgun was recovered at the scene.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP or “P3 Mobile” for the hearing impaired on Google play or the App Store, or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.
Officer Keith Boyer, 53, served on the Whittier Police Force for 27 years. He was a mentor to younger officers. Recently, he thought of retiring. Officer Boyer loved his family, friends and dogs. He played drums for a community band.
A large crowd gathered for a vigil last night to pay their respects to the fallen officer. We have lost fine police officer and a good human being. May he rest in peace.
The suspect is a known gang member recently released from prison on early parole. It is believed that the same suspect killed another person in the hours preceding the confrontation with police officers in Whittier….