One San Diego police officer was killed and another was injured Thursday night in a shooting as they tried to make a stop in the city, police said.
One suspect also was shot and was in custody early Friday. He’s being treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound, San Diego police Chief Shelley Zimmerman told reporters Friday morning.
Police are trying to determine if anyone else was involved in the shooting in southern San Diego and asked residents nearby to stay inside as they searched.
Details about the shooting were sparse. Zimmerman said the two officers, both members of the department’s gang suppression unit, radioed shortly before 11 p.m. that they were going to stop someone.
Almost immediately afterward, they called for emergency backup, Zimmerman said. She didn’t provide details about why the officers were trying to make a stop.
“I’m extremely heartbroken to report that we had an officer shot and killed,” Zimmerman said.
Asked whether the shooting was an ambush, the chief said it wasn’t clear.
“We don’t have enough information at this point,” she said.
The names of the officers and the suspect weren’t immediately released.
The injured officer, shot in the upper torso, underwent surgery at a hospital and is expected to survive, the police department tweeted Friday morning.
Zimmerman said officers who responded to the pair’s call for help made a heroic attempt to save their colleague’s life, rushing him to a hospital in a squad vehicle.
“(There were) heroic efforts by the officers on scene, heroic efforts by the doctors to save his life,” she said.
By Jason Hanna
CNN’s Tina Burnside contributed to this report.