Two California Police officers were attacked while serving a search warrant in an apartment. One officer was tragically shot and died.
“A San Luis Obispo Police Department officer was killed in the shooting incident earlier Monday, the city confirmed just after 10:00 p.m.,” reports the San Luis Obispo Tribune.
Officials identified the fallen officer as Detective Benedetti. Benedetti was 37-years-old and served for 12 years in law enforcement. The wounded officer is Steve Orozco, who has reportedly been treated and released from the hospital. Orozco is expected to make a full recovery.
No ambulances leaving the scene, the police department not giving out information on the condition of the officers, and now a procession of police vehicles. That is not good. Not good at all. This is when you hope you're very wrong but reality is you're not.
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The police said that the shooting took place at an apartment. The city said in a statement that “the suspect is deceased, and there is no threat to public safety at this time.” Journalist Mackenzie Shuman tweeted a video taken outside the apartment saying, “Procession of marked and unmarked police vehicles turns onto S. Higuera Street after shooting earlier this evening.”
The statement said, “A San Luis Obispo Police Department officer was killed in the line of duty as a result of a shooting that occurred while SLOPD officers were serving a search warrant today. The shooting occurred at an apartment on Camellia Court, off Margarita Avenue near South Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo. A suspected shooter was killed by police. A second officer was injured and transported to an area hospital, where the officer is in stable condition.”
— San Luis Obispo Police Department (@SLOCityPolice) May 11, 2021
The Incoming Police Chief Rick Scott commented on this tragedy. He spoke words to other officers, reminding people that each of these officers come to work every day and could potentially be put in danger. Scott expressed his deepest condolences over this tragedy.
Before the news broke of the conditions of the officers, Twitter users shared their fears. One user wrote, “No ambulances leaving the scene, the police department not giving out information on the condition of the officers, and now a procession of police vehicles.”
“This is a tragedy beyond measure for all of those who serve and care about our community,” said Derek Johnson, San Luis Obispo City Manager. “Our deepest condolences go out to the family. We are devastated by this loss,” he added.