Downey police office Ricardo Galvez was ambushed and killed last night as he sat in his car outside the station near the end of this shift. He was not wearing his uniform. According to reports, two man ran up to his car and shot Galvez then fled in another vehicle. An officer who gave chase said the suspects got to Montebello and ran from their vehicle.
Galvez, 29, was a five-year veteran of the Downey Police Department from Whittier. He had served in the Marines. "Words cannot express the love and respect we have for Ricky,” Downey Police Chief Carl Charles said. “Our department is hurting.”
It had been 35 years since a Downey officer was killed on duty.
*12:30 p.m. update: Three suspects have been arrested and say they were attempting to rob Galvez, police said.