Police in Southern California tried to stop a gunman who shot two police officers, killing one of them, who barricaded himself inside an apartment and held off a SWAT team for over 15 hours. Authorities later identified the officer who lost his life in the shooting as Gregory Casillas, also confirming that the other officer who had been shot was expected to survive.
Police originally tried to stop the man around 9 P.M. on Friday after receiving a call about reckless driving, later refusing to pull over, leading officers on a pursuit. The man then crashed during the chase and fled into an apartment complex, where he barricaded himself inside, proceeding to shoot at the two officers.
According to Yahoo, Pomona Police Chief Michael Olivieri issued the following statement on social media:
“It is with a heavy heart that I must report that one officer did not survive. The second officer is in stable condition.”
Los Angeles County coroner’s Lt. Dave Smith later identified the fallen officer as Gregory Casillas; his age at the time of his death was unclear, with different reports citing either 25 or 30. The name of the other officer wasn’t immediately released. The identity of the gunman is also unknown at this time.
People are offering their condolences on social media
In light of Casillas’ death, many people have been offering their condolences to Callias on social media. Alt Secret Service, an unofficial Secret Service news blog, issued the following statement:
“#Prayers and condolences to @PomonaPD officer Gregory Casillas family, friends, and co-workers who was shot and killed last night. #LODD #ThinBlueLine”
Lt. Troy Dangerfield also issued the following:
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of Officer Gregory Casillas, and the @PomonaPD. We continue to pray for the speedy recovery over the other officer injured. #SFPD ”
As this story is developing, more information will be updated as made available.