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BREAKING: One Officer Murdered, Another Wounded Serving Warrant

San Luis Obispo, CA – A San Luis Obispo police officer was murdered and a second officer remains hospitalized after a gunman opened fire on them while they were serving a search warrant on Monday.

The incident occurred off of Margarita Avenue near South Higuera Street at an apartment on Camellia Court, the San Luis Obispo Police Department (SLOPD) said in a series of twitter posts overnight.

The officers were attempting to serve a search warrant shortly before 5:30 p.m. on May 10 when someone opened fire on them, KFSN reported.

Police immediately returned fire.

One officer was killed and a second officer was wounded during the shootout, the City of San Luis Obispo said in a press release.

The suspect was fatally shot by officers and died at the scene, KFSN reported.

The officer wounded officer was transported to a local hospital and was listed in stable condition, according to the SLOPD.

Additional details regarding the shooting and what led up to it have not been released.

Police have not released the names of any of the involved officers or the gunman.

“This is a tragedy beyond measure for all of those who serve and care about our community,” San Luis Obispo City Manager Derek Johnson said in the press release. “Our deepest condolences go out to the family. We are devastated by this loss.”

Victoria Torres, who lives across from the apartment officers were attempting to search, said she heard loud knocking shortly before gunfire erupted, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reported.

Torres said she looked out her window and spotted a patrol car, so she headed downstairs to look out a different window.

That’s when she saw a man armed with a “big gun” start shooting at police from the door of the nearby apartment, she said.

Torres said she saw officers taking cover behind a patrol vehicle before she ran back to the upstairs area of her apartment to call 911 and hide, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reported.

Another neighbor, Monica Rochte, said she heard officers knocking on the door of the suspect’s apartment before the shooting.

They warned they would come inside if the suspect didn’t surrender, Rochte said.

She said she then heard a loud bang and yelling, followed by a single gunshot, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reported.

“He has a gun!” an officer yelled before a volley of gunfire erupted, according to Rochte.

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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