California Police Officer Fatally Shot While Responding to a Traffic Accident
Officials say a California police officer was killed and another wounded in a shooting while they were trying to help a man who had been in a traffic accident in Whittier.
WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a parolee who allegedly shot and killed a Whittier policeman had slain another man and stolen his car only hours earlier.
Veteran Officer Keith Boyer was shot and his partner, Patrick Hazel, was wounded around 8 a.m. Monday in the Los Angeles suburb.
Whittier Police Chief Jeff Piper wept as he recalled his friend, a 25-year veteran.
The suspect also was wounded in the resulting shootout. His name hasn't been released.
He and Hazel are expected to live.
The officers had answered a report of a traffic accident.
Investigators say a 26-year-old gang member who had been released from jail only a week or 10 days ago had killed a man earlier Monday in East Los Angeles and stolen a car, which struck another car in Whittier.
Authorities say the man pulled a gun as they prepared to search him.
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