Keith Boyer a 27-year veteran of the Whittier Police Department was fatally shot by the suspect
Gang banger Michael Christopher Mejia allegedly shot and killed officer Keith Boyer and wounded officer Patrick Hazel
The 26-year-old suspect was also wounded during the exchange of gunfire that took the 27-year veteran officer Keith Boyer, 53, of the Whittier Police Department had responded to the scene of a traffic accident in the Los Angeles suburb.
Surviving officer Patrick Hazel and the suspect, who has not been identified, are both in stable condition and expected to survive.
Police were originally called to the scene of a crash where the alleged gunman was believed to be driving a stolen car that ran into two other vehicles at a stoplight.
The suspect, a known gang member according to police, began shooting shortly after getting out of the vehicle, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said.
The shooting happened around 8.30 am Monday morning in the upscale neighborhood area of Colima Road and Mar Vista Street in LA while responding to a traffic accident.
A resident who witnessed the shooting from his window said the suspect had originally seemed to be trying to run, but stopped as officers approached him and ordered him to lie down on the street.
Around “six or seven” shots rang out and the suspect, who had yelled something back at police, went to the ground, an officer then moved a handgun away from the gunman as he was being arrested. Police later confirmed the suspect was armed
The gunman is a suspect in the murder of a man early Monday morning in East Los Angeles, where the car was stolen, police said.
The shooter had recently been in prison but had been paroled about a week earlier.
Boyer, a father of adult children, later died at a local hospital. His body was escorted to the coroner’s office by a large caravan of fellow officers.
“I didn’t think I had any more tears,” Whittier Police Chief John Piper said at an emotional press conference where he spoke about the dangers the officers face.
Piper said he and Boyer, a drummer, had played together in a band that performed at charity events.