It all happened around 11 p.m. PT Thursday night, when the San Diego Police Department announced on Twitter that two of their men had been shot during a traffic stop:
One of the two officers died at the hospital, according to NBC News, after sustaining “multiple” gun shot wounds to his upper torso.
While his identity has not yet been released to the public, SPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman said he leaves behind a wife and two children. Both men were members of the department's gang suppression unit.
The slain officers' partner, who was also shot in the upper torso, had emergency surgery and is expected to make a “full recovery.”
One suspect has been arrested and police have ended their extensive manhunt for other possible suspects, saying they believe the killer “acted alone.”
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing and SPD hasn't yet determined if this was a “targeted act” against police.
Americans have since weighed in on the matter, saying they're “sick” of hearing about police getting killed for “simply doing their job.” Judi Healey said:
“It's time for all police officers to be issued bullet proof vests and all the safety equipment they need to help save their lives from these murderers. Mandatory life sentences with no parole, no exceptions for these monsters.”
And Randy Hall explained waking up to this news is all too familiar:
“All too often I wake up to horrible news, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family's and to SDPD. Thanks to the officers out there that I can wake up and go about my business without worrying about the criminal element. Be careful out there, we mourn with you...God Bless.”