Officers with the San Bernardino Police SWAT unit were attempting to take the unidentified suspect into custody in connection with the deputy shooting just before 3:40 p.m. when gunfire erupted, San Bernardino police Lt. Michele Mahan told reporters.
“Two of our officers were shot,” Mahan said. “Both of them were able to speak at the time our own officers transported them to a local hospital.”
The suspect, who had been under surveillance for several hours Wednesday, was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident occurred in the city of Highland, 66 miles east of Los Angeles. The officers’ injuries were not disclosed but they are expected to survive, Mahan said.
Fox News has reached out to the San Bernardino police and sheriff’s departments.
The incident came a day after a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy was shot while trying to pull over a motorist. The deputy was fired upon as he turned a corner during a brief car chase, authorities said. He remains hospitalized in stable condition.
“He was able to immediately get out of his vehicle and as the deputy tried to catch up… he was able to retrieve a rifle from the vehicle,” San Bernardino police Sgt. Equino Thomas told Fox News. “As the deputy turned, the suspect fired multiple rounds.”
“Based on the actions of that suspect, he did, he ambushed that deputy,” he added.
The deputy’s patrol SUV was found torched at the scene. Investigators are still trying to determine how the vehicle caught fire.
During a search of an apartment complex Tuesday night, authorities recovered the suspect’s vehicle and the rifle used in the attack, which matched bullet casings found at the scene.