Pomona, California standoff ends with suspect in custody

Frederick Owens
March 11, 2018

Pomona, Calif. - A Pomona police officer who was shot by a barricaded suspect has died, and a second officer also injured during the unfolding incident is undergoing surgery, officials said Saturday.

The suspect then barricaded himself in a room and fired at the officers through the door.

Authorities say a man accused of shooting two California police officers - killing one of them - has been arrested after a standoff that lasted more than 15 hours.

Police in Southern California tried to stop the man around 9 p.m. Friday after receiving a call about reckless driving, but he refused to pull over and led officers on a pursuit, Los Angeles sheriff's Capt. Christopher Bergner said. Video from the scene also shows officers apparently attempting to revive a wounded comrade using CPR.

The officers pursued the suspect and he barricaded himself inside an apartment, and shot two Pomona police officers, Bergner said.

Police Chief Michael Olivieri tweeted overnight that one of the officer had not survived. The wounded officer was expected to recover.

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The two officers - both from the Pomona Police Department - were eventually taken to a hospital, the law enforcement source said.

The slain officer was identified as Gregory Casillas, 30, of Upland, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office.

A sheriff's SWAT team remained on scene Saturday morning where the gunman was still believed to be barricaded inside an apartment.

So far this year, 17 law enforcement officers across the United States have died after they were shot, including an officer killed Tuesday in Missouri.

Neighbors told CBS Los Angeles that the suspect lives in the building. Officer Christopher Ryan Morton, 30, was killed after being dispatched to the wrong house, a Missouri Highway Patrol official said.

"The other officer is in serious condition and is undergoing surgery". Crisis negotiators were speaking with the suspect throughout the night, he said.

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