Whittier, California, the site of today’s shooting death of a police officer is just a little over one percent Negroid, but more than one-third Latino. The perp who killed Officer Keith Lane Boyers had face and neck tats. I think that rules out a black gang member.
It’s reasonable to speculate that the perp was a Mexican, born in the U.S., since he was recently released from prison, but not deported.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A gang member who was recently freed from jail killed his cousin and stole his car Monday then shot and killed a California police officer and wounded his partner before being wounded himself, authorities said.
Whittier Officer Keith Lane Boyer died and Officer Patrick Hazel was wounded when they answered a report of a traffic accident in the eastern Los Angeles County suburb.
A motorist pointed out the location of the car that had rear-ended his vehicle, and the officers approached the driver.
“When they get him out of the car, they go to pat him down for weapons, they can see he’s got tattoos all over his face and all over his neck,” county sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said.
The man then pulled a semi-automatic handgun from his waistband and opened fire at the officers, who were wearing bulletproof vests and shot back, Corina said.
“They walked up on the vehicle believing the motorist was in need of medical help and then they ended up in a gunfight for their lives,” Sheriff Jim McDonnell said.
Whittier Police Chief Jeff Piper wept as he described Boyer as a friend of more than 25 years.
“All of us have been grieving,” the chief said. “And I didn’t think I had any tears left.”
The suspect, a 26-year-old gang member, had a history of serious crimes and had been granted early release from Los Angeles County jail about a week ago, Corina said. He didn’t know the nature of his offense.
His name wasn’t immediately released.
It’s most unfortunate that the cops who took down the perp didn’t have a better aim. If he survives his wounds, we have to go through the motions of a trial, followed by a long stretch on death row.