One police officer killed, one wounded in San Diego shooting

July 29, 2016 4:03 pm
Police in San Diego say it is too early to say whether the two officers were ambushed at the traffic stop where the shooting took place © AFP/File / Mandel Ngan

, Washington, United States, Jul 29 – A police officer died and another was wounded in a shooting at a traffic stop in San Diego, police said Friday.

A Hispanic man was later taken into custody, San Diego police chief Shelley Zimmerman told a news conference.

The officers radioed in that they were making a traffic stop late Thursday, then called for emergency backup soon after, she said.

Officers who arrived found the first two had been shot. One died in hospital, Zimmerman said.

The wounded officer came out of surgery later in the morning and is expected to survive, the police department tweeted.

The shooting took place around 11 pm (0600 GMT) in the southeastern neighbourhood of Southcrest, the San Diego Union Tribune reported.

It was too early to say whether the officers had been ambushed, Zimmerman said.

Police launched a manhunt after the incident.

America has been on edge for weeks following shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Those attacks followed anger among the black community over the shooting deaths of African-American suspects by white police in Minnesota and Louisiana.


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