California Police Officer Killed by Barricaded Gunman, Officials Say

Law enforcement officers are shown near the scene of a barricaded suspect incident in Pomona

Two Pomona police officers were shot and wounded Friday night while responding to a barricaded suspect, and at least one of them was rushed to a hospital.

Los Angeles County sheriff's Capt. Christopher Bergner said the suspect had led police on a pursuit Friday night before he crashed the vehicle and fled on foot. "The second officer is in stable condition".

As of Saturday morning, the suspect was still barricaded in the apartment.

A SWAT team surrounded the apartment complex and police used flash-bang grenades during the standoff, officials said. Valencia barricaded himself in an apartment and when the officers arrived, he shot through the door, killing Casillas and wounding the second officer, who has not been identified.

Law enforcement agencies from across Southern California began tweeting out support for the wounded officers as news spread of the shooting.

Isaias De Jesus Valencia, 38, of Pomona, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of murder of a police officer and attempted murder of a police officer, Deputy Armando Viera Jr. of the Sheriff's Information Bureau said.

The stand-off continued until early afternoon on Saturday when the suspect was finally taken into custody. "Please keep the men and women of the @PomonaPD / @PomonaPOA in our prayers", the Burbank Police Department said in an Instagram post, which included a photo of an officer's badge with a black band across it. "RIP Brother".

Gov. Jerry Brown ordered flags at the Capitol to fly at half-staff and said Casillas' "brave sacrifice will never be forgotten".

Officer Greggory Casillas, 30, was shot in the head.

The gunman allegedly led officers to a nearby apartment complex where he was cornered in a unit and began firing his weapon through the door. "I am not going to talk about my officer while the suspect may be watching TV".

Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Dave Smith later identified the fallen officer as Gregory Casillas; his age at the time of his death was unclear, with different reports citing either 25 or 30.

Pamona Police Department tweeted Saturday night: "We are deeply moved by the love and support we have received from our law enforcement brothers and sisters, our community and people across the U.S. during this hard time".

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