Two San Diego police officers were shot, one of them fatally, during a traffic stop late last night, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. The names of the male officers, both part of the department’s gang suppression unit, were not immediately released. One officer suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died at a hospital despite life-saving efforts, police Chief Shelly Zimmerman said today. The second officer underwent surgery. Police had one suspect in custody. He had been shot and was being treated at a hospital, Zimmerman said.
The two officers had pulled over a vehicle about 11 p.m. Immediately after, they called for emergency cover. After the shooting, police swarmed the area and searched for any possible additional suspects with the aid of officers in a helicopter. Residents were asked to stay inside. The incident comes as police throughout the nation are on high alert following the killing of officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge this month.