"The officers had responded to a report of a traffic accident near Mar Vista Street and Colima Road shortly before 8:30 a.m. when they were shot", said Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
The suspect was driving a stolen vehicle when it was involved in an accident. Officers arrived and the suspect opened fire. At least one of the officers returned fire, hitting the suspect.
A motorcade escorted the the slain officer's body from UC Irvine Medical Center to the Orange County Coroner's Office in Santa Ana.
This is the first Whittier PD officer death 34 years.
Send your prayers and condolences to the the officer's loved-ones, the injured officer, and the and the Whittier PD.