One police officer killed, another wounded in San Diego shooting

2016-07-29 15:30
A San Diego Harbour police officer helps to secure the scene near the corner of 39th Street and Boston Avenue in San Diego near where two San Diego Police officers were shot. (AP)

A San Diego Harbour police officer helps to secure the scene near the corner of 39th Street and Boston Avenue in San Diego near where two San Diego Police officers were shot. (AP)

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Washington - A police officer died and another was wounded in a shooting at a traffic stop in San Diego, police said on Friday.

A Hispanic man was later taken into custody, San Diego police chief Shelley Zimmerman told a news conference.

The officers radioed in that they were making a traffic stop late on Thursday, then called for emergency backup soon after, she said.

The officers who then arrived found the first two had been shot. One died in hospital, Zimmerman said.

The wounded officer came out of surgery later in the morning and is expected to survive, the police department tweeted.

The shooting took place around 23:00 (06:00 GMT) in the south-eastern neighbourhood of Southcrest, the San Diego Union Tribune reported.

It was too early to say whether the officers had been ambushed, Zimmerman said.

Police launched a manhunt after the incident.

America has been on edge for weeks following shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Those attacks followed anger among the black community over the shooting deaths of African-American suspects by white police in Minnesota and Louisiana.

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