Downey officer shot in San Bernardino; suspect dead

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One suspect is dead and several others were detained in San Bernardino Thursday evening following a standoff after a Downey police officer was wounded in a shooting.

One suspect is dead and several others were detained in San Bernardino Thursday evening following a standoff after an undercover Downey police officer was wounded in a shooting. All suspects were accounted for, according to police.

The Downey officer was shot on the 1500 block of E. Rialto Avenue in San Bernardino at about 4:30 p.m. Police set up a perimeter in the area of Rialto and Newport avenues, and SWAT officers responded to the scene.

Police were focused on a residence on Newport Avenue, where a suspect was barricaded. Police reported one suspect was dead at about 6:20 p.m.

Undercover Downey police officers were in the area at about 4:30 p.m. for a narcotics investigation. They decided to secure a residence and were met with gunfire.

"As they approached the residence, they were immediately met by gunfire from some suspects that were standing by a car in the front yard of the residence," San Bernardino Police Lt. Rich Lawhead said.

Several rounds were exchanged, and one officer was struck.

A large quantity of narcotics and weapons were later found at the residence. Search warrants were issued and the house, along with a second house, was being searched.

Two small kids were in the house at the time of the shooting, as well as other adults. All were in custody Thursday night.

Police said one suspect opened fire from the driveway when officers arrived before he was killed.

Witnesses in the area told Eyewitness News dozens of shots were fired.

"There was more than I can count. I thought it was fireworks, like 30, 40 maybe," witness Don Henry Hamilton said.

Fifteen residences were reportedly evacuated.

The San Bernardino chief of police tweeted that the Downey officer's injuries did not appear life-threatening. He was shot in the buttocks, arm and bulletproof vest and treated at a local trauma center. He has since been released.

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