On Wednesday, June 15, a day after two El Monte police officers were killed in shootings in the city, leaders continued to pour out condolences and support through social media.
Officers were shot shortly after 5 p.m. in response to a call about a possible stabbing at a motel at the intersection of Garvey and Central Avenues. He was taken to the hospital, where he was later declared brought dead.
Condolences will soon begin to pour in from local leaders to those at the state and federal levels.
“Our hearts are with his loved ones and the entire El Monte Police Department during this painful time,” said Gavin Newsom, California Gov. tweeted.
US Senator Diane Feinstein mourned the loss of the officers, saying their deaths were a reminder of the dangers officers face every day.
My heart breaks for the family and friends of the two El Monte Police officers killed in the line of duty yesterday. This is another terrifying reminder of the dangers that law enforcement officers face every day. https://t.co/g9fXQDSqkr
— Senator Diane Feinstein (@senfeinstein) 15 June 2022
“My heart breaks for the family and friends of two El Monte police officers killed in the line of duty yesterday,” Feinstein tweeted.
US Representatives Grace Napolitano, D-El Monte also offered her condolences.
I am shocked to learn of the passing of two El Monte police officers killed in the line of duty last night. Two police officers, a 22-year-old veteran and a rookie, were seriously injured during an investigation into a domestic violence call at a motel.
– Rape. Grace Napolitano (@gracenapolitano) 15 June 2022
Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County’s first district supervisor, who represents the area at the county level, also expressed her support on Twitter.
I am deeply saddened to learn that both the officers involved in today’s tragic incident have unfortunately succumbed to their injuries. On behalf of the First District, I extend my deepest condolences and regret to their families, loved ones and fellow officers. https://t.co/1mWE0FAWX8
— Hilda Solis (@HildaSolis) 15 June 2022
Solis said all L.A. County buildings would fly their flags at half-staff in honor of the officers.
Several public security agencies also expressed their support on social media soon after the officers’ deaths were announced.
Our office is saddened by the news of the death of two officers in the line of duty. we express our deepest condolences @elmontepolice Departments and communities of families, loved ones and fallen officers. pic.twitter.com/QDKFud3iDH
— San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office (@sbcountyda) 15 June 2022
LA District Attorney George Gascon offered his condolences to the families, friends and associates of the deceased officers on Twitter.
He said he himself recognized the dangers and sacrifices of law enforcement as a former police officer and commended the officers. He lamented what was the “worst nightmare of every family” who live with the reality of an officer not coming home.
“On behalf of everyone in the District Attorney’s Office, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of both. @ElMontePolice Officers martyred on duty today. We stand with you in this time of great loss. (1/4) pic.twitter.com/WxagfiVAkL
— Jorge Gascon (@LADAOffice) 15 June 2022