Downey officer found shot to death in police station parking lot

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UPDATE 12 Noon 11/19/15

According to the sheriff’s department, authorities investigating the killing of Downey police Officer Ricardo Galvez have taken a suspect into custody following the pursuit that led from Downey to Montebello. (NOTE: the 11 a. m. news conference by authorities regarding the investigation has been delayed.)


Several media outlets are reporting that a Downey police officer was found shot in the police’s parking lot.


Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the shooting death of a Downey police officer whose body was found in the parking lot of the Downey Police Department Wednesday night.
The police officer, identified as Ricardo “Ricky” Galvez, was found dead near a patrol car at the police station in the 10900 block of Brookshire Avenue shortly after 11 p.m.Lt. John Corina said at least two suspects walked up to the police officer as he sat in the driver’s seat of his own vehicle and opened fire. A fellow Downey police officer heard the gunshots and chased the suspects to the neighboring city of Montebello, where the suspects bailed on foot near Washington Boulevard and Carob Way.Galvez had just got off work. It appears it was a targeted attack, Corina said.Authorities taped off the entire parking lot area, and Downey police officers at the scene appeared to be emotionally shaken.Galvez had been with the Downey Police Department for five years and had served as a U.S. Marine for two tours, according to Downey police Chief Carl Charles.

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LA Times

Downey police officer was found fatally shot in the police station’s parking lot, officials said early Thursday.

Deputy Kevin Moody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said homicide detectives from his department are investigating the case, but he released few details.

They are searching for possible suspects in Montebello.

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NBC Report

A Downey officer was fatally shot Thursday morning when an attacker opened fire in the police department parking lot, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigators.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the shooter approached the officer, who was in a patrol vehicle, and opened fire. Details regarding the investigation and an earlier pursuit connected to the shooting were not immediately available

No arrests were reported in connection with the shooting, but at least three people were detained early Thursday during a manhunt in the community southeast of downtown Los Angeles, authorities said. SWAT members were part of a search for the attacker in the 1000 block of Carob Way. Officers ordered residents to come out of a house with their hands up as the search continued at about 5:30 a.m.

Details regarding the officer’s identity were not immediately available. A news conference was scheduled for Thursday morning.

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