Published: Wed, February 22, 2017
National | By Traci Kelley

3 people shot, including 2 police officers, in Whittier

3 people shot, including 2 police officers, in Whittier

Police said the shooter accidentally rear-ended another auto on Mar Vista Street and Colima Road and was attempting to get help to move his vehicle to the side of the road when the two officers approached.

Corina said police believe the suspect is a gang member.

Piper and Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell attributed Boyer's death to Assembly Bill 109, known as Realignment, and to Proposition 47, which turned some felony offenses into misdemeanors.

Monday's shootout left Hazell and the suspected gunman hospitalized.

"All of us have been grieving", the chief said.

Whittier Police Department Officer Keith Boyer is shown in a photo he posted to his Facebook page on November 27, 2013.

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Misdemeanors can still result in sentences of up to a year in jail, and it is up to police officers and prosecutors to enforce those penalties, Michael Romano, a lecturer at Stanford Law School, told The Times in December.

That driver had gotten out and asked those he had hit to help push his stolen vehicle from the intersection, investigators said. They asked him to get out of the vehicle, and were going to pat him down to check for weapons, according to Corina. Piper said the alleged gunman had been in police custody at some earlier point but was released early under new California laws aimed at reducing incarcerations.

The surviving officer and suspect are now in stable condition, according to Corina. "This is a senseless, senseless tragedy that did not need to be", said Chief Jeff Piper.

His name was not released, and his condition was not immediately available.

The department has had two other officers killed in the line of duty - a detective in 1979 and a corporal in 1977.

The suspect was taken to the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and is expected to live, the AP reports. He blamed the early release on a series of new laws created to reduce incarcerations in California.

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