SoCal officer killed, 2nd hurt in shooting

Mejia is suspected of killing Whittier police Officer Keith Boyer and wounding another officer in a shootout following a crash involving a stolen vehicle. "It's hard for me to hold back my tears".

The officer was identified as Keith Boyer. Boyer recently talked to Piper about retiring in a year or two.

Boyer was a divorced father of grown children, a drummer who played in bands for nonprofit events and a "personal friend of mine for 25 years", Piper said, adding he had occasionally played guitar with Boyer in that band. Capitol flags were ordered to be flown at half-staff in Boyer's honor.

It's awful day for the city of Whittier, its police department, and the men and women who wear the WPD badge. It was a fitting outpouring of grief and support for the officer who died in the line of duty, for fellow Officer Patrick Hazell, who was wounded in Monday's gunfight, and for the whole department.

Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement of condolence.

One thing we do know is this: When police officers respond to any incident, no matter how routine, they don't know whether it might turn into a life-and-death struggle.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has confirmed that the wounded officer is in stable condition.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

The alleged gunman is expected to survive.

About 8 a.m., two male officers responded to a crash in the area of Colima Road and Mar Vista in Whittier, Southern California, where allegedly a driver of a stolen auto had struck two other cars at a stop light, Corina said. After getting out of the vehicle, he asked the occupants of a auto he hit to help him push the vehicle out of the intersection, a sheriff's news release stated.

The suspect, who was driving a stolen vehicle, was involved in an accident, and when officers arrived, the suspect opened fire with an automatic handgun, Corina said.

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