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Off-duty LA police officer slain in attempted robbery

January 12, 2022 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An off-duty Los Angeles police officer was slain in a shootout with several assailants who approached him in a neighborhood during an attempted robbery, authorities said Tuesday.

Fernando Arroyos, 27, was shot at about 9:15 p.m. Monday in an unincorporated area of south Los Angeles County.

Arroyos shopping for his first house with his girlfriend when a black pickup with three men inside approached the victim and several suspects got out, there was an argument and two of them pulled guns, authorities said.

“The officer yelled for his girlfriend to leave, to run, to go back to the car,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore said. “Shots were fired. The officer returned fire. The officer was struck.”

Arriving county sheriff’s deputies found Arroyos bleeding in an alley and he was pronounced dead at the hospital, a Sheriff’s Department statement said.

His girlfriend wasn’t wounded.

The pickup drove off but three men and two women have been detained for questioning, including a man who was found on a street with a gunshot wound to his leg, authorities told KNBC-TV.

Arroyos was a three-year department veteran assigned to the Olympic division just west of downtown Los Angeles.

“He had a promising future, a bright future, that was taken away viciously over a street robbery,” the police chief said.

“My heart is broken, our city’s heart is broken, and certainly our LAPD family’s hearts all bleed,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

“This man died a hero trying to defend himself and his girlfriend,” the mayor said.

The officer’s body was transported to the coroner’s office in a procession.