A Los Angeles County police officer has been killed by a gang member who had just been released from jail.
Keith Boyer of the Whittier Police Department was gunned down while investigating a car accident. One of the drivers involved had only been out of jail for a week. It is believed he had murdered a relative earlier in the day.
The police shooting, which also left the suspect injured, occurred around 8:30 a.m. in the area of Colima Road and Mar Vista Street in Whittier, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.
The officer killed was identified Monday afternoon as Keith Boyer, a veteran of the Whittier Police Department.
“He was the best of the best,” Whittier police Chief Jeff A. Piper said.
Piper teared up as he described Boyer, saying the two had played music together and had been friends for a quarter-century.
The other officer, who is expected to survive, is Officer Patrick Hazel, Piper said.
Boyer was killed when he and Hazel were responding to a traffic collision, sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said.
When the officers got there, they first went to talk to the occupants of the vehicle that was rear-ended, who in turn pointed them to the suspect’s vehicle. The officers then went around the corner to that car and made contact with the driver, asking him to get out of the car. They were going to pat him down to check for weapons when the gunfire began, Corina said.
“When they’re doing that, that’s when he pulls out a gun and he engages them in a gunfight. And that’s when both officers get shot, and the suspect gets shot,” Corina said.
Once other officers arrived on scene, the shooter was taken into custody. He was driving a stolen car and was a known gang member from Los Angeles with an extensive rap sheet, Corina said.
He was released from custody about a week before Monday’s shooting and was on parole, Corina said, calling it an “early release.” It’s not yet known why he was released or what charge he had been serving time for.
Witnesses have identified the suspect as being responsible for that other killing, which was also a shooting, Corina said. The lieutenant did not provide many details about the earlier killing, but said investigators had been told the victim was a male relative of the suspect.
The family of the victim said the suspect was the man’s cousin.
Once again, liberal release programs for criminals have cost an innocent person his life.
Some wonder why this person was granted an early release, rather than serving his full time in prison. Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, who spoke at a press conference, criticized early release and rehabilitation programs. “We’re putting people back on the street that aren’t ready to be back on the street,” McDonnell said.
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H/T: The Gateway Pundit
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