California deputy killed during traffic stop

California deputy killed during traffic stop

JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) – A Southern California sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed Thursday while trying to stop a car, and the suspect was later killed, authorities said.

A Riverside County sheriff’s deputy pulled over a vehicle shortly before 2 p.m. in the city east of Los Angeles, the Sheriff’s Department said in a Facebook post. The motorcycle deputy, later identified by the department as Isaiah Cordero, was shot at some point during the traffic stop and later died at the hospital.

Jurupa Valley Mayor Chris Barajas said without giving details that “the suspect has been captured and is dead.”

“Our community is devastated by the loss of one of our sheriff’s deputies,” Barajas wrote in a Facebook post. “Our thoughts are with the officer’s family and the entire law enforcement community.”

Hours after the shooting, dozens of motorcycle officers and patrol cars escorted a hearse as it carried the deputy’s flag-draped casket from the hospital to the county coroner’s office.

Cordero was “a ray of sunshine” and “a person who was dedicated to protecting others,” said a statement from the Riverside Sheriff’s Association.

“Deputy Cordero puts on his uniform every day to make a difference in his community and keep families safe,” the statement said. “Deputy Cordero’s death leaves a huge hole in the hearts of so many who had the opportunity to know him personally.”

The Sheriff’s Department tweeted around 2:45 p.m. that the agency was investigating a shooting in Jurupa Valley and asked people to avoid the area. It was not immediately clear what prompted the initial traffic stop.

Authorities said the deputy was shot when he tried to stop a pickup truck in a residential neighborhood across from an elementary school, according to multiple television news reports.

The driver then led police on a high-speed chase along several highways. The chase, which was followed live on TV, ended on Interstate 15 in Norco, a few miles south of Jurupa Valley, when a sheriff’s armored truck struck the fleeing pickup and pinned it on an embankment.

Television reports showed bullet holes in the windshield.

The City of Jurupa Valley contracts with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for its police services.

Jurupa Valley is about 45 miles (72 kilometers) east of downtown Los Angeles.

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