Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

California Police Officer Killed by Barricaded Gunman, Officials Say

California Police Officer Killed by Barricaded Gunman, Officials Say

Schrader said the sheriff's Crisis Negotiation Team also was on scene Saturday to help bring the situation to a peaceful resolution. The suspect then ran into an apartment in the 1400 block of Palomares Street, near Fernleaf Avenue.

The man was taken into custody without bail and led out of the building wearing only his underpants.

Casillas leaves behind a wife and two children, Olivieri said.

"Greg is a hero".

Police said they still don't know who the suspect is, but are communicating with him.

Los Angeles County firefighters rushed the two officers to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, where one of them died. The other officer was in surgery Saturday but was expected to recover, officials said.

Valencia barricaded himself in an apartment and when the officers arrived, he shot through the door, killing Casillas and wounding the second officer, who has not been identified.

On Friday around 9 p.m., Pomona police officers tried to pull over Isaias De Jesus Valencia, 39, of Pomona for alleged reckless driving. A pursuit ensued, which ended when the suspect's vehicle crashed into a parked auto and he fled on foot, according to Capt. Chris Bergner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities told reporters the incident began with a police chase near the apartment complex after the suspect was in a vehicle crash.

The gunman allegedly led officers to a nearby apartment complex where he was cornered in a unit and began firing his weapon through the door.

"Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of our brother, Officer Gregg Casillas", the department's Twitter page said. "I am not going to talk about my officer while the suspect may be watching TV".

A couple hours later, McDonnell announced the arrest.

Valencia's friends said he is a father of three who used to be involved in his community but had been battling depression and substance abuse in recent years. The apartment complex has been completely evacuated.

The slain officer was identified Saturday afternoon by the Los Angeles County coroner's office as 30-year-old Gregory Casillas, of Upland, according to the Associated Press. Utica Police Lt. Bryan Coromato told the Observer-Dispatch on Saturday that officers saw a Facebook video of the infant in the street Friday night. "His ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten".

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