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BREAKING: Officer Ambushed, Killed After Being Flagged Down For Help

Selma, CA – A California police officer was fatally shot on Tuesday when he got out of his vehicle after a resident flagged him down for help.

Police said the incident occurred at about 11:45 a.m. on Jan 31 after a Selma police officer on patrol was stopped to help a person reporting a suspicious person in their yard in the area of Mitchell and Rose, KFSN reported.

Officials said the 23-year-old suspect opened fire on the Selma police officer the moment he stepped out of his patrol vehicle.

The officer was shot multiple times, KFSN reported.

The suspect fled the scene but was apprehended a short time later by officers and taken into custody.

Officials said the wounded hero was transported to Community Regional Medical Center where he later died, KFSN reported.

“I’m absolutely outraged. I am horrified right now,” Selma Police Chief Rudy Alcaraz told reporters at a press conference after the officer was murdered.

“It appears from the surface that this was all avoidable, and that’s the unfortunate part,” Chief Alcaraz said.

Police recovered a firearm in the area that was believed to be the weapon that was used to kill the Selma police officer, KFSN reported.

The police chief said the entire ambush happened so far that the officer never had an opportunity to fire his duty weapon.

Fresno County Sheriff John Zanoni said investigators were working to determine the motive for the targeted shooting, and told reporters the officer’s murder could be gang-related.

Officials have not yet released the identity of the fallen hero, nor have authorities released the name of his alleged killer, KFSN reported.

Sheriff Zanoni said the officer had been a member of the police force for about two years.

He was the first Selma police officer to be killed in the line of duty.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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