Whittier Police Department mourning loss of one of its own

WHITTIER, Calif. - The Whittier Police Department mourning the loss of one of its own, a 27-year veteran of the force, gunned down Monday morning in a traffic stop shootout with a gang member who was paroled about ten days ago.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said two officers responded to a crash of a car that was believed to be stolen that struck two other cars at a stop light.
Officials said the driver confronted the officers and opened fire with a semiautomatic handgun.  
The officers returned fire and wounded him. Just within the past hour, a news conference was held with more details and reaction from a visibly devastated Whittier police chief. "You know it's really hard for me to hold back my tears because all of us have been grieving since 10 o'clock this morning and I didn't think I had any tears left, but we're going to get through it. This makes us stronger, but everybody needs to know what these officers are dealing with out there on a daily basis you have no idea how it's changed in the last four years, we have statistics to show it. My highest, the top six calls for service are arrests that we have, rather, are resisting arrests on officers. I've never had that before in 25 years and I have it now, what is that telling me. People don't want to follow rules, people don't care about other people and it's tragic. This is a senseless, senseless tragedy that did not need to be," said Chief Jeff Piper.  
All three men were rushed to the hospital, where one Officer Keith Boyer was pronounced dead. 
The other Officer Patrick Hazel, a three-year veteran of the force is stable, as is the alleged gunman whose name has not been released yet.
A procession was held from the University of California Irvine Medical Center to the Orange County Coroner's Office, where the officer's body was taken for further examination.

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