One San Diego police officer was fatally shot and another was wounded late Thursday, the police department said Friday morning, adding that one suspect was in custody.
The officers, members of the department's gang suppression unit, were shot during a traffic stop at about 11 p.m. in Southcrest, a neighborhood in southeast San Diego.
San Diego police announced the death of one officer on Twitter shortly after 3 a.m. Friday:
The second officer underwent surgery and is expected to survive, police said. Both were shot in the upper torso, Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said.
She said one suspect, who also was shot, had been taken into custody after he was found in a nearby ravine and was being treated at a hospital. Officers searched the area for additional suspects.
Further details on the shooting were not immediately provided. Zimmerman said another news conference would be held later on Friday.
The incident comes as police departments across the United States are on high alert in the wake of fatal ambushes in Dallas and Baton Rouge earlier this month that left eight police officers dead.
Police have also faced continuing criticism from protesters across the country over numerous high-profile police killings of unarmed black people over the past two years.
Demonstrations have been fueled most recently by videotaped killings of two black men in Baton Rouge and near St. Paul, Minnesota earlier this month.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has vowed to be tough on crime, commented on the San Diego shooting on Twitter:
This report contains material from The Associated Press and Reuters.
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