Two Los Angeles-area police officers were fatally shot while responding to a possible stabbing Tuesday night, officials said.
The two El Monte police officers were responding to the possible crime scene at a Siesta Inn when they were immediately met by gunfire, the city, located in LA County, said in a press release.
Both officers were hit and rushed to LA County-USC Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead.
The suspect was also shot and killed, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said, according to CBS Los Angeles.
“There are no words to describe our grief and devastation by this senseless act as we learned about the passing of two of our police officers,” the city, its police force and police officers association said in a joint statement.
“It weighs heavy on our hearts and we are sending our support to their families” the statement said.
“We would also like to thank the El Monte community and our surrounding government agencies for the outpouring of support we have received in the last few hours.”