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Southern California Officer Killed Responding To Traffic Accident


(AP) - Authorities say a gang member who had been out of jail for less than two weeks has shot and killed a Whittier police officer and wounded another before being wounded himself.

Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. John Corina says it happened around 8 a.m. Monday in the Los Angeles suburb when the officers answered a report of a traffic accident.

He says the officers didn't realize that a car that hit two others at a stoplight had been reported stolen. Corina says the officers confronted the driver, noticed he was covered in gang tattoos, and were going to search him for weapons when he pulled a gun.

Both officers were shot and returned fire, wounding the gunman. One officer died at a hospital. The other officer and the suspect are in stable condition.

Corina says the alleged gunman is a known gang member who had been paroled from jail only about 10 days ago.

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