A Stockton, California, police officer is dead after a suspect shot him multiple times as he arrived at a domestic violence call Tuesday morning.
The suspect was also reportedly shot during the incident and later died from his injuries.
The Stockton officer is the second California police officer in as many days to die at the hands of violent criminals.
What are the details?
KABC-TV identified the law enforcement official as Officer Jimmy Inn of the Stockton Police Department.
The suspect, identified by KCRA-TV as 30-year-old Lance Lowe, reportedly fatally shot Inn as the officer responded to a domestic violence call at Lowe’s home.
KCRA reported, “Inn arrived [at the scene] around 10:07 a.m. and knocked on the door before standing off to the side. A voice came from inside the home and said, ‘Hey, police’ before that person, later identified as 30-year-old Lance Lowe, fired a gun multiple times at Inn.”
KCRA said that a second Stockton police officer, Pancho Freer, was near the scene. When he arrived, he reportedly spotted Lowe standing over Inn while holding a gun. Lowe then reportedly shot at Freer before the officer returned gunfire.
“The suspect then went into the home and returned moments later holding a young child,” KABC’s report continued. “The suspect began to strangle the child, an 8-year-old boy.”
A bystander then purportedly tackled Lowe, allowing time for Freer to fire on the suspect.
Lowe was transported to a local hospital for injuries and later died.
The child was not hurt during the attack.
KCRA-TV reported that area residents said they heard 10 to 15 gunshots during the time Inn was killed. A patrol car riddled with bullet holes was parked at the scene of the crime.
Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said that the attack on Inn was a “violent, blatant, and very sudden assault,” the station reported.
In a statement shared on Twitter, the department said, “It is with great sadness that we announce Officer Jimmy Inn was shot & killed in the line of duty while on a DV call this morning. The suspect was also shot & killed by another SPD officer. Officer Inn was hired in 2015 & was a member of our honor guard.”
The 30-year-old police officer is survived by his wife, who is also a Stockton police officer. Inn leaves behind a 7-month-old son, a 12-year-old stepdaughter, and a 14-year-old stepson.
Inn’s shooting death came just one day after a suspect fatally shot a San Luis Obispo police officer and wounded another as the two attempted to execute a search warrant.
Authorities discovered the suspect, identified by authorities as 37-year-old Edward Zamora Giron, later in the day with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Detective Luca Benedetti died as a result of the shooting.
Detective Steve Orozco was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and released.
In a Tuesday news conference, acting San Luis Obispo Police Chief Brian Amoroso called Benedetti a “talented detective.”
“I had the distinct pleasure of working with Luca over the past nine years,” Amoroso said in his remarks. “I considered him a personal friend, a dedicated officer, a talented detective, a proud member of the San Luis Obispo regional SWAT team, and most importantly, a loving husband and father.”