Whittier police officer shot, killed during traffic crash investigation involving stolen auto

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the two officers responded to what they believed was a traffic accident in Whittier when a gang member who was "all tattooed up" began firing.

"When they get him out of the auto, they go to pat him down for weapons, they can see he's got tattoos all over his face and all over his neck", Corina said at a news conference.

Corina told reporters the suspect was driving his auto and rear-ended other cars that were waiting at a stoplight.

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One police officer was killed and another wounded when gunfire erupted after a vehicle crash in Southern California.

According to media reports from the scene, a Whittier Police SUV sustained a shattered driver's side window.

A silver auto in front of the SUV had front end damage and a weapon visible on top of its trunk, KTLA reported. They were rushed to the hospital, where one of the officers died of his wounds.

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The two police officers and the suspect were all initially transported to local hospitals in unknown conditions, the release stated. The other officer and the gunman were in stable condition.

The names of the officers were not immediately available. Investigators did not know why the suspect opened fire.

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