San Luis Obispo Police Department Detective Luca Benedetti was fatally shot by a gunman in an apartment complex Monday evening as officers were serving a search warrant for allegedly stolen goods, according to the department. During the shooting, another cop, Detective Steven Orozco, was injured and taken to the hospital for treatment.
Officer Jimmy Inn was shot and killed in Stockton on Tuesday morning while responding to a domestic violence call, according to authorities. A second officer arrived on the scene and shot the suspect who shot Inn.
According to Media reporting and review of data from the Gun Violence Archive, local media, and police accounts, the shootings came during a weekend in which at least 11 mass shootings occurred in the United States, leaving at least 17 people dead and 35 injured.
A mass shooting, according to the law, occurs when four or more people are killed or injured by bullets, except the gunman.
Officers who were shot and killed while on duty
According to the police department, Benedetti and Orozco were among six officers serving a search warrant for alleged stolen property linked to recent commercial burglaries. After knocking, introducing themselves, and getting no response, the officers forced open the apartment door, according to police.
The suspect in Benedetti’s death, Edward Zamora Giron, was waiting for the officers when he opened fire, killing Benedetti and injuring Orozco, according to police.
Giron, 37, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound as well as other injuries associated with being fired by officers who returned fire but According to the police department, Benedetti is survived by his wife and two young children. He’d been a cop for 12 years.
Mayor Heidi Harmon of San Luis Obispo issued a statement saying, “Our city is heartbroken.” “Detective Benedetti cherished this city and gave his life valiantly so that we could all live in peace and safety. We are safe because Luca’s children have lost their father. We will always have a special place in our hearts for Detective Benedetti and his family.”
According to the police department, Orozco is expected to fully recover. Meanwhile, at a press conference in Stockton, Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said that a gunman shot had killed Inn while the officer was responding to a domestic violence call on Tuesday.
According to Jones, the man fatally shot the 30-year-old officer at a residence’s front door, then returned inside, grabbed an eight-year-old boy, and started strangling the guy.
Jones said that at that point, a member of the community stepped in to tackle the guy. When a second officer arrived, he fatally shot the man.
Inn leaves behind a seven-month-old baby and two stepchildren, aged 12 and 14, as well as his wife, who is also a police officer. Since late 2015, he has worked as a police officer in Stockton. however, both shootings are still under investigation.
As the coronavirus pandemic swept the world, cities across America saw an increase in homicides, with major cities reporting a 33 percent increase in 2020. Economic instability, Covid’s severing of social ties, and distrust of the police are all factors, according to criminology experts.