Calif. officer killed: Downey Police Officer Killed

Published: November 19, 2015

Calif. officer killed: Downey Police Officer Killed, Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the shooting death of a Downey police officer whose body was found in the west parking lot of the Downey Police Department Wednesday night.

Ricardo “Ricky” Galvez was found dead in his vehicle in the 10900 block of Brookshire Avenue shortly after 11 p.m.

Lt. John Corina said at least two suspects walked up to the police officer as he sat in the driver’s seat of his own vehicle at the end of his shift and opened fire.

A fellow Downey police officer heard the gunshots and chased the suspects to the neighboring city of Montebello, where the suspects bailed on foot near Washington Boulevard and Carob Way.

“As luck would have it, a Downey police officer in his patrol vehicle heard the shooting, went in pursuit of the suspects, chased them into the city of Montebello, and that’s where they bailed out of the car,” Corina said. “And we are currently … in the process of trying to locate those suspects.”

The motive remains unclear but Corina said it appears Galvez was targeted.

“It doesn’t look like it was random,” Corina said.

Authorities taped off the entire parking lot area, and Downey police officers at the scene appeared to be emotionally shaken.

Galvez had been with the Downey Police Department for five years and had served as a U.S. Marine for two tours, Downey police Chief Carl Charles said at a news conference.

Galvez was as “a tremendous young man who loved serving the residents of Downey,” Charles said. “His smile was infectious, and his professionalism was always on display.”

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A large perimeter was set up and evacuations were ordered in the Montebello area where the suspects fled from police.

Resident Victor Bocanegra said police knocked on his door shortly after 2 a.m. and escorted his family out to the street.

“They’ve evacuated some buildings and some townhomes, and they’re looking for this suspect that killed a police officer,” he said.

Bocanegra said he saw police put at least two people into patrol cars and drive away.

Several people were detained for questioning, and several others were being sought, Corina said. He said investigators believe the two individuals involved in the killing were male. No weapon has been recovered, he said.

Washington Boulevard was expected to be closed between Paramount Boulevard and Greenwood Avenue for several hours.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on this case was asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.


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