Suspect fatally shot, officer critically wounded outside La Habra police station

Authorities respond to a shooting outside the La Habra Police Department.

One person was killed and a police officer wounded in a shooting Friday night outside the entrance of the La Habra police station in northwestern Orange County, authorities said.

In a statement issued late Saturday, La Habra police said that officers responded to the front entrance of the police station regarding a road rage incident. An officer was struck by gunfire and transported to a nearby trauma center. The officer is in critical but stable condition and is expected to recover from his injuries, police said.

The individual who was fatally shot by police was the suspect in the incident, and a firearm was recovered at the scene, police said.


“The investigation is going on, so some of the investigation [as] it goes forward could change with the amount of witnesses that they’re interviewing,” La Habra City Councilman James Gomez said in a Facebook video.

Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Jeremy Stafford said that paramedics responded to a reported shooting at the La Habra police station on Euclid Avenue around 7 p.m., but Stafford was not able to share further information about the incident. The city of La Habra contracts with the county Fire Department for emergency medical services.

In their statement, police said that they were in the “preliminary stages” of the investigation and that the Orange County district attorney’s office would be conducting an independent investigation.