A Riverside police officer was killed Thursday, and a second one wounded, when police say they were ambushed at a stop light.
Thousands of police officers flooded into Southern California and Nevada looking for the suspected gunman, identified as former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner. He’s also named as the suspected gunman in two deaths in Irvine on Sunday.
The killed officer, who police have not identified publicly, was the second officer to be shot to death in California this year.
Galt Police Officer Kevin A. Tonn, 35, was killed Jan. 15 when he was responding to a burglary call.
The Riverside police officer’s death brings the total number of officers killed in California history to 1,535.
That figure is higher than the entire populations of 20 different cities or towns in California.
U.S. law enforcement death and assault reports by the numbers:*
- Ten officers have been killed in the line of duty in the U.S. this year (a 52 percent drop from the same time period last year).
- An average of 156 officers are killed per year in the U.S.
- An average of 58,261 officers are assaulted each year.