UPDATE (12:57 p.m.): The city of San Luis Obispo has identified the officer killed in the shooting as Detective Luca Benedetti.
“Our community is heartbroken,” said Mayor Heidi Harmon. “Detective Benedetti loved this City and bravely gave his life so that we could live in peace and safety. Luca’s children have lost their father so we could be safe. We will hold Detective Benedetti and his family in our hearts forever.”
She also recognized the bravery of all the officers involved in this incident, including the wounded officer, Detective Steve Orozco.
“As Detective Orozco recuperates at home, we are grateful that his physical wounds will heal, and we recognize that yesterday’s events have changed his life forever,” she said.
Benedetti is survived by his wife and two young children. He joined the San Luis Obispo Police Department in 2012 and before that served for four years with the Atascadero Police Department, according to the city.
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UPDATE (11:50 p.m.): The city of San Luis Obispo is holding a press conference at noon today to provide an update on yesterday’s fatal officer-involved shooting.
UPDATE (9:19 a.m.): Kern County law enforcement agencies have begun providing their condolences to the San Luis Obispo Police Department on social media in light of yesterday’s shooting.
Kern County Sheriff’s Office: “Our deepest condolences to the San Luis Obispo Police Department and the family of the officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty yesterday. A second officer was injured and taken to the hospital in stable condition. Your sacrifices will never be forgotten.”
Bakersfield Police Department: “Sending our deepest sympathies to the San Luis Obispo Police Department tonight… We are so sorry for your loss.”
California Highway Patrol — Bakersfield: “We’re sending our deepest condolences and prayers to the San Luis Obispo Police Department. We are sorry for your loss.”
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — A police officer was killed and another wounded in California while serving a search warrant before officers shot and killed the gunman on Monday, authorities said.
Shots were fired shortly before 5:30 p.m. as officers served the warrant at an apartment in the Central Coast city of San Luis Obispo.
“This is a tragedy beyond measure for all of those who serve and care about our community,” City Manager Derek Johnson said in a statement. “Our deepest condolences go out to the family. We are devastated by this loss.”
The wounded officer was hospitalized in stable condition, the city reported.
Other details, including the names of the San Luis Obispo officers and the gunman, weren’t immediately released.
Victoria Torres, 21, told the San Luis Obispo Tribune that she was upstairs in her bedroom when she heard “a very loud knocking” at an apartment across from her.
“I don’t know if it was the police or what,” she said. “I always hear noises here so I didn’t think anything of it until I heard the gunshots.“
She looked out her window and saw a police car, then walked downstairs and looked out another window.
She saw a man carrying a “big gun” who began shooting from the door of an apartment at officers who were hiding behind their patrol car, Torres said.
Torres went back upstairs to hide and call 911.
Monica Rochte, 31, told the Tribune that she heard the police banging on an apartment door and saying: “We’re going to come in. We know you’re in there.”
Rochte said there was yelling and then a bang that she thought might be police knocking down the door, followed by a single shot.
Rochte then heard police yell: “He has a gun!” followed by a series of 15 to 20 shots, she said.