(DOWNEY, Calif.) — Three men, including a teen, were in custody Thursday for allegedly killing a California cop as he sat in his personal car during a “botched robbery attempt,” authorities said.
Lt. John Corina, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, said the suspects were a 17-year-old and two adults, both in their early 20s, in the killing of Officer Ricardo “Ricky” Galvez.
“We have three individuals in custody who we believe are responsible for the murder,” Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. According to Corina, the suspects didn’t realize that the victim was an officer.
He said police also had the handgun used in the shooting. It was not clear if they had been formally charged.
Galvez, 29, was a former Marine who served two tours of duty. Police said he was sitting in his personal car around 11 p.m. Wednesday as his shift ended when he was shot.
Galvez was not in uniform at the time and was sitting alone in the car and had returned to the stationhouse after participating in a training.
“While he was sitting there, a couple of individuals ran up on his car, shot into his car and struck him with gunfire,” Corina said.
Galvez was found dead in his car. “It doesn’t look like it was random,” Corina said of the slaying.
Corina said another Downey police officer who was in his patrol car heard the shooting and “chased” the individuals, who jumped into a car, to the city of Montebello. The individuals left the car in Montebello, Corina said.
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