Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Pomona, California police officer shot dead as standoff with suspect continues

Pomona, California police officer shot dead as standoff with suspect continues

"A man to look up to", said Pomona Police Chief Michael Olivieri said. A make shift memorial of flowers, candles and law enforcement badges is growing outside the Pomona Police Department after one of their officers was killed in the line of duty Friday night.

Casillas had been with the Pomona Police Department since 2014.

Pomona PD Officer Gregory Casillas was sworn in only six months ago, and was almost finished with field training. The child's 27-year-old mother was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

The officers pursued the man, who fired through the door, shooting one of the officers, Los Angeles Sheriff Jim McDonnell said. The pursuit ended when Valencia's pickup truck crashed into a parked auto, and he took off on foot, according to Capt. Chris Bergner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The standoff began at an apartment complex Friday night after the suspect ran from police following a auto chase.

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. By 1:35 a.m. Saturday, Oliveri tweeted that one officer was dead and the other was in stable condition.

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Share this article: Pomona police escort the body of Officer Gregory Casillas to the coroner's office. Special Enforcement Bureau deputies then deployed tear gas and he still refused to surrender.

As of Saturday morning, the situation was still active with a SWAT team assisting.

The stand-off continued until early afternoon on Saturday when the suspect was finally taken into custody.

Police originally tried to stop the man around 9 P.M. on Friday after receiving a call about reckless driving, later refusing to pull over, leading officers on a pursuit.

"Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of our brother, Officer Gregg Casillas", the department's Twitter page said. "I am not going to talk about my officer while the suspect may be watching tv". "His ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten".

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