El Monte Police Video Appears to Show Gun Battle Before Officers Killed

Two police officers were shot dead in California on Tuesday, authorities say.

The El Monte Police Department confirmed that a shooting had taken place at the Siesta Inn on Garvey Avenue around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, but did not identify the officers involved

Alleged video of the shooting is circulating on social media. In the footage, multiple gunshots can be heard as someone records from the street. Sirens can also be heard as two people are seen getting out of a vehicle and taking cover.

The man who attacked the officers, described by law enforcement sources as a 35-year-old "well known" to El Monte PD, was shot dead at the scene.

"The City of El Monte is saddened and shocked by tonight's tragic shooting that killed two of our own police officers," a press release issued by the police department read.

"The El Monte Police Department responded to a possible stabbing at the Siesta Inn and Officers immediately took gunfire upon arrival.

"Two officers were struck and both officers were transported to LAC-USC Medical Center.

"LASD has taken over the investigation and we are actively participating in the investigation."

The City of El Monte, El Monte Police Department and the El Monte Police Officers Association released a joint statement following the shooting.

"There are no words to describe our grief and devastation by this senseless act as we learned about the passing of two of our police officers," it said.

"It weighs heavy on our hearts and we are sending our support to their families. We would also like to thank the El Monte community and our surrounding government agencies for the outpouring support we have received in the last few hours."

El Monte Police Acting Chief Ben Lowry also held a press conference about the shooting and condemned the incident that resulted in the deaths, calling the shooter a "coward."

"The men and women of the El Monte police department as well as the community of El Monte is grieving," he said.

"We've heard that the only way to take the sting out of death is to take the love out of life, believe me they were loved.

"These two men were loved, they were good men, they paid the ultimate sacrifice, serving their community and trying to help somebody.

"They do what hundreds of thousands of men and women do every day across the United States, to protect people and serve them.

"These two heroes paid the ultimate sacrifice today and they were murdered by a coward."

Newsweek has contacted the El Monte Police Department for comment.

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