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|January 23, 2019|
Suspect in deadly Pomona police stand-off identified
POMONA - The gunman suspected of killing a Pomona police officer and wounding another remains locked up in a Los Angeles jail.
Isaias De Jesus Valencia, 39, was identified Sunday as the suspect who barricaded himself inside an apartment complex Saturday.
Valencia was arrested Saturday after a 15-hour standoff.
"It is with a heavy heart that I must report that one officer did not survive. The second officer is in stable condition," Pomona Police Chief Mike Olivieri said on Twitter.
The dead officer was identified as Gregory Casillas, 25, of Upland, according to Lt. Dave Smith of the Los Angeles County coroner's office.
At a news conference Saturday morning, authorities said the incident began as a police pursuit that ended near the apartment complex when the suspect's car crashed. The suspect ran from his vehicle and was followed by officers on foot. He went into the apartment complex and barricaded himself inside one of the units. When officers arrived, authorities said, he fired through a door, hitting the two officers, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
The incident began about 9:10 p.m. Friday when dispatchers relayed reports of an officer down in the 1400 block of South Palomares Street near Fernleaf Avenue. A law enforcement source said about 75 officers from several agencies converged on the scene but were unable to move the wounded officers to safety at first because of gunfire.
The shooting sparked an outpouring of support from law enforcement throughout Southern California and the Inland Empire.
The dead officer's body was escorted by a police procession Saturday morning as it was transferred from Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center to the coroner's office.
Story Date: March 15, 2018