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An off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer was fatally shot during a robbery attempt while searching for a home with his girlfriend, authorities said Tuesday.
Officer Fernando Arroyos, 27, and his girlfriend were crossing a street in a South Los Angeles neighborhood around 9:15 p.m. Monday when a truck with three men approached and attempted to rob the couple, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said.
The three men “got out of the vehicle and confronted our officer, and it appears the target was an attempted robbery,” Moore said. “One of the suspects, according to the information we have at this preliminary stage, pulled out a pistol. The officer yelled at his girlfriend to leave, to run … to go back to the car. ”
Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said Arroyos was shot during the altercation, which took place in the 8700 block of Beach Street in an unincorporated part of Los Angeles County.
Agents transported him to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, where he later died of his injuries.
The suspects fled in his vehicle, identified as a black truck, with an unknown destination.
Sheriff’s officers said three men and two women were detained in connection with the shooting. Their names were not released and none had been charged as of Tuesday afternoon.
Two weapons were recovered from the scene of the shooting, Moore said.
Sheriff’s officers said a second man was found with a gunshot wound within a few miles of the area where the off-duty officer was attacked. That unidentified man was transported to a local hospital. Investigators have yet to determine if that individual was in any way related to the fatal Arroyos shooting.
Police vehicles escorted the officer’s body from St. Francis Medical Center to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office early Tuesday morning.
Tuesday on Twitter
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti expressed his condolences Tuesday on Twitter, saying: “Our hearts break over this tragic loss for our police department and our city. I join all of Los Angeles in grief today, and keep your loved ones in my prayers. ”
Arroyos had been in the force for three years and is survived by his mother and her stepfather. He was an only child, Moore said.
“He had a promising future … that was brutally taken from him by a street robbery,” Moore said.