A California suspect shot two police officers Monday afternoon, killing one, before dying by apparent suicide.
San Luis Obispo Police Department Detective Luca Benedetti was killed and another officer, Detective Steve Orozco, was injured while serving a search warrant, officials said Tuesday.
The officers were looking for Edward Zamora Giron, 37, related to possible stolen property tied to a series of late-night commercial burglaries and knocked on his door around 5 p.m., according to police. When no one answered, the officers forced open the front door to Giron’s apartment.
Giron was “laying in wait” and opened fire, according to police.
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Detective Luca Benedetti was killed.
Giron was later found dead in the apartment from “an apparent self-inflicted, fatal gunshot wound and other injuries consistent with being struck by the officers return fire,” according to police.
“Our community is heartbroken,” San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon said in a statement. “Detective Benedetti loved this city and bravely gave his life so that we could live in peace and safety. Luca’s children have lost their father so we could be safe. We will hold Detective Benedetti and his family in our hearts forever.”
Orozco was injured and transported to Sierra Vista Hospital, where he was treated and released Monday evening.
Officers take aim at an apartment across Camilla Court, Monday, May 10, 2021, in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Police said two police officers have been shot while serving a search warrant and the suspect has died.
Victoria Torres, a neighbor who lived in an apartment across from the suspect, told the San Luis Obispo Tribune that she heard loud knocking, then what she believed to be gunshots.
Then, she said, she saw a man with a “big gun” shooting at officers through his front door.
Another witness said she heard 15 to 20 gunshots after police knocked on the apartment door.
“I would have never expected something like this to happen, especially down here because it’s like, it’s mostly just like families and stuff,” Monica Rochte, 31, told the Tribune. “Some care homes down the way. The only time we have an ambulance is because one of the older people at that care home needs care.”
Benedetti is survived by his wife and two young children.