WALNUT PARK, CA – An off-duty Los Angeles Police Officer was killed during an attempted robbery while he was house hunting with his girlfriend on Monday.
Officer Fernando Arroyos was 27 years old and had just worked a “series of days in patrol,” according to the LA Times. LAPD Chief Michel Moore said the officer and his girlfriend were “on a hunt for a house, a place to live, a place to buy and invest in the city and in the future of this region.”
The Chief said that the couple parked their car at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Monday in the 8700 block of Beach Street in Florence-Firestone and were crossing a street to a house they were looking at. Three suspects drove up to them and “the officer yelled for his girlfriend to leave to run to go back to the car.”
At that point, Chief Moore said, gunfire was exchanged with the suspects.
Responding units loaded Officer Arroyos into a patrol vehicle and took him to St. Francis Medical Center. Arroyos was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
“We do have our officer’s gun,” Chief Moore said, “and we have an additional weapon that we believe was responsible for this assault.
“We know we need the community’s help. But we also have every faith and confidence that we’ll be identifying the person or persons responsible for this terrible act and this grievous loss.”
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the homicide unit his homicide unit have taken over looking for suspects. Captain Joe Mendoza oversees the Homicide Bureau at the Sheriff’s Office, and he said three men and two women have been detained and are being questioned.
Four people have now been taken into custody in connection to the murder.
Officer Arroyos was described by others at LAPD as a devout Christian, inspirational, humble, extremely smart, and a lover of his community.
Tonight, we mourn the loss of one of our officers who was shot & killed in an armed robbery attempt. The officer was off-duty. We pray for the officer’s family, and their fellow officers, during this time of pain and sorrow. This is an active investigation. More info to follow. pic.twitter.com/6xpiAXjr5W
— LAPPL (@LAPPL) January 11, 2022