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AAA Aug. 22, 2014 12:22 PM ET
Officer shot, suspect killed in San Bernardino
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — An officer was shot twice and gravely wounded during an early morning patrol, and his partner killed the gunman during an ensuing shootout in a residential area of San Bernardino, authorities said Friday.
The wounded officer was rushed to a hospital in "very critical" condition and underwent surgery for gunshot wounds to the upper body, police Chief Jarrod Burguan said.
The 31-year-old officer was shot when he and his partner — who was in training and had been on the job for two months — stopped to talk to six people standing outside a home on a cul de sac before 3 a.m. Friday, Burguan said.
One of the men pulled out a gun and opened fire as the officers approached, he said.
The officer was hit at least twice in the upper body. His partner managed to shoot the gunman during a protracted gunbattle, the chief said. The shooter, described as a male in his 30s, died at a hospital.
The wounded officer, a 6-year veteran, is in "very critical" condition, Burguan said.
"He's a very good police officer, respected by his peers," he said.
The officer in training was not hit.
Five people were detained and were being questioned by detectives. Two of them are women, ages 18 and 19, and the others are men, ages 22, 24 and 30.
"We don't know what their level of involvement is," Burguan said.
The group had apparently met at a nightclub earlier and gathered on the street after buying alcohol, officials said.
Two guns, a revolver and an assault rifle with a high-capacity magazine were recovered, the chief said.
It was unclear why the officers made contact with the group and which weapon was fired, Burguan said.Associated Press