Two police officers were reportedly killed in a shooting at a California motel.
Officers rushed to the Siesta Inn in El Monte on Tuesday afternoon while responding to calls about a possible stabbing.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Unit Capt. Andrew Meyer said officers confronted a man and gunshots erupted.
More shots were fired as he fled into the parking lot.
The suspect was shot and died at the scene.
A woman believed to be the suspect’s girlfriend was not stabbed, police revealed.
One of the beaten police officers was a 22-year veteran while the other was a rookie.
The unnamed officers were taken to hospital, where they succumbed to their injuries.
Interim El Monte Police Chief Ben Lowry described the officers as “heroes” who were “loved.”
Lowry said the cops “were murdered by a coward,” reported The Mercury News.
And El Monte Mayor Jessica Ancona said: “The broken heart does not express the loss we feel.
“They acted as the first line of defense for parishioners as they were essentially ambushed trying to protect the family.”
Mayra Lomeli, who lives in the area, was at the El Perico Market store when she heard gunshots, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The El Monte Police Department said: “There are no words to describe our sadness and devastation at this senseless act upon learning of the deaths of two of our police officers.
“It weighs heavily on our hearts and we send our support to their families.
“We would also like to thank the community of El Monte and our surrounding government agencies for the overwhelming support we have received over the past few hours.
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