Downey, CA – Los Angeles County authorities say they’ve made an arrest and that more could be imminent in the fatal shooting of an officer near his police department headquarters.
Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina says investigators have arrested a man suspected of driving the getaway car after 29-year-old Downey police Officer Ricardo “Ricky” Galvez was shot. He says detectives are interviewing others who have been detained.
The City and Department Mourns for Downey Officer Ricardo Ricky Galvez
City of Downey and Downey Police Department acknowledge the loss of one of our own. Officer Ricardo ‘Ricky’ Galvez, 29 years old, was tragically shot and killed around 11 p.m. on Wednesday evening.
Stated Mayor Luis H. Marquez, “Every day, the brave men and women of our Downey Police Department put themselves at personal risk to keep us all safe. We are incredibly sorrowed at the loss of Officer Galvez and our thoughts and prayers are with all who knew and loved him.”
“This is a difficult time for the entire Downey community.” The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation.
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Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina says Officer Ricardo Galvez was in the driver’s seat of his personal vehicle when two suspects ran up and opened fire late Wednesday. The five-year department veteran died in the car.
Another officer heard the gunshots and pursued the suspects, who drove off into the neighboring city of Montebello. Authorities didn’t say whether they believed Galvez was targeted for personal reasons or because of his profession.
A large perimeter has been set up and several apartment buildings have been evacuated as SWAT officers sweep the area.
Corina said Thursday that a number of people have been detained.
Downey Police Chief Carl Charles praised Galvez’s professionalism and said the officer loved serving the city.
A five year veteran of the Downey Police Department and former United States Marine, Officer Galvez is survived by his mother, brother, sisters, and numerous devoted friends and colleagues.
“Please keep our Downey police officer, his family and the Downey Police Department in your thoughts and prayers,” said Mayor Pro Tem Alex Saab.
Downey is a city of about 110,000 residents 10 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.