Chief Mike Olivieri of the Pomona Police Department in California sadly reports the death of Officer Gregory Casillas.
Officer Casillas, 30, was shot and killed while he was attempting to arrest a suspect on a reckless driving complaint and fleeing a traffic stop.
Officers received a report of a person driving recklessly and began searching the area where the suspect was observed. When officers found the suspect, a traffic stop was attempted. The suspect failed to yield and fled in his vehicle until he lost control and crashed. He fled the crash on foot and ran into an apartment complex nearby.
Once at the apartment, he barricaded himself inside. Officers attempted to verbally contact the suspect and convince him to surrender. However, he responded with gunfire and shot through the door striking two officers.
One report indicated that Casillas was initially shot, and his partner was hit in the face while attempting to rescue him.
Citizens at the scene observed additional police pull the injured officers to safety. Moreover, they commenced CPR on Officer Casillas.
“People were running out of the apartment,” said Joe Dominguez, who lives less than a block from where the deadly shooting took place. “They were scared. It was pretty loud.”
Los Angeles County Fire Rescue paramedics relieved the officers of their medical responsibilities. Furthermore, they transported Casillas to Pomona Valley Community Hospital where he later died from his gunshot wounds.
Casillas’ partner was also transported to the hospital and is listed in serious but stable condition. He is expected to recover from his gunshot wounds.
After a 15-hour standoff, the suspect finally surrendered and was taken into custody.
“It’s a sad day for our community and a sad day for law enforcement in general,” Olivieri said. “He left his family at home to protect yours.”
Heard a loud bang & SWAT calling suspect to surrender and come out with hands up. One Pomona Police Officer shot & killed and one injured in an apparent shootout with barricaded suspect inside an apartment at Phillips and Palomares. @latimes @latimesphotos @LANow pic.twitter.com/eKqWV5udkM
— Irfan Khan عرفان (@latfoto) March 10, 2018
“Another hero gone too soon. These tragedies are occurring too often, and the pains of sacrifice will never be forgotten,” added LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.
A Pomona Police Officer was killed in the line of duty and another was injured. Our thoughts are with the Pomona Police Department and the families of these officers. We stand with you during this sad time. #police #pamonapolice pic.twitter.com/c6Id0G532W
— Ventura Police (@Ventura_PD) March 10, 2018
Gregory Casillas served the Pomona Police Department for three years. He joined the agency in 2014 working as a records specialist. He later transferred to the jail and worked as a corrections officer/jailer. While still employed by the police department, he attended and graduated from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Academy becoming a sworn police officer in September of 2017. He served as sworn officer for six months.
His wife and two small children survive Casillas.
Officer Gregory Casillas is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Friday, March 9, 2018.