STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) — Stockton police say one of their officers and a suspect were fatally shot Tuesday morning after reports about a domestic disturbance.
At a press conference held later in the day, Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said a caller told police at 9:45 a.m. they heard screaming and saw an injured woman with a ripped shirt who was bleeding. Police are still looking for the woman after witnesses say she walked away from the scene before officers could get to the area.
Officer Jimmy Inn arrived at La Cresta Way, south of Bianchi Road, just after 10 a.m., and knocked on the front door of a home. The police department said someone inside responded with “Hey, police,” then a man opened the door and shot Inn multiple times.
“It was a violent, blatant and very sudden assault on our police officer,” Chief Jones said.
The suspect has since been identified as 30-year-old Lance Lowe.
The police department reported Officer Pancho Freer heard gunshots as he got to the scene and saw Lowe standing over Officer Inn with a gun in his hand. Lowe fired at Officer Freer, hitting his patrol car, and police said Freer shot back from inside the car.
Jones said Lowe went back into the home and returned outside with his 8-year-old son. He then started strangling the boy, refusing to listen to Freer’s commands, according to the chief of police.
As Officer Freer approached them, Jones said a resident tackled Lowe and got the child free. Stockton police said Freer then shot Lowe multiple times.
Police said Lowe was taken to an area hospital where he died.
Officer Inn was rushed to San Joaquin General Hospital in French Camp, where he also died.
The child was medically cleared and returned to his mother.
Officers later found a Glock handgun inside Lowe’s home.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reports Lowe was imprisoned in March 2018. He was facing a five-year sentence for grand theft auto with the use of a firearm out of Los Angeles County. Lowe was released on parole in April 2020.
Dozens of his fellow law enforcement colleagues gathered at the hospital to honor Officer Inn. Squad cars from Tracy police, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, Stockton Unified School District police and many others all lined up outside the hospital.
A procession made up of those honoring him later escorted Inn from the hospital.
Inn leaves behind a wife and a 7-month-old son, as well as a 14-year-old stepson and a 12-year-old stepdaughter. Inn’s wife, Tela, is also a Stockton police officer, according to Chief Jones.
Jones said Inn was hired in December 2015. According to the police department’s Facebook page, Officer Inn was sworn in on July 18, 2016.
“The epitome of what a Stockton police officer should be,” Jones said.
FOX40’s partners at the Stockton Record report Inn graduated from the police academy at San Joaquin Delta College that same year.
He previously worked as a package handler for FedEx and went to Ronald McNair High School in Stockton.
Stockton Mayor Kevin Lincoln released a video statement on Twitter in response to the officer’s death.
“At this moment, our community grieves the loss of one of our very own Stockton police officers,” Mayor Lincoln said. “This is a time for us to come together, to surround and support one another and to pray for the strength, healing, comfort and peace of all that have been impacted by this great tragedy.”
This is a developing story.