A San Diego police officer was fatally shot and another was wounded on Thursday during a traffic stop as a suspect was taken in custody, local media reported and the department said on social media.
The officers, members of the department’s gang suppression unit, were shot during a traffic stop at about 11 p.m. local time in Southcrest, a southeastern neighborhood of San Diego, the San Diego Union Tribune reported.
The officers were taken to hospitals after the shooting. One of the officers was shot multiple times and died and the other was undergoing surgery early Friday, the newspaper reported.
“It is with a very sad heart that we announce the death of one of our officers tonight,” the department tweeted.
Police took a suspect into custody and searched for other possible suspect or suspects, according to the department’s Twitter account.
The incident comes after eight officers were shot dead in ambushes in Dallas and Baton Rouge in July, putting police departments across the United States on high alert.
(Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee, Editing by Tom Heneghan)