Five people have been detained as investigators piece together the moments leading up to the death of a Los Angeles police officer who was fatally shot while on a house hunt with his girlfriend.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said it had arrested three men and two women on Tuesday afternoon in connection with the investigation into the death of Fernando Arroyos.
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No one has yet been charged with the murder, the department said. Their names were not released.
Arroyos, 27, was a three-year veteran and assigned to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Olympic Division. He was killed Monday in an attempted robbery in southern Los Angeles.
The officer was preparing with his girlfriend to view a house they wanted to buy when a pickup truck pulled up nearby.
Several suspects got out and confronted the couple. Arroyos exchanged gunshots with the suspects, LAPD chief Michel Moore said Tuesday.
Sheriffs’ deputies arrived and took Arroyos to a hospital, where he later died in their patrol car. He left behind a mother and stepfather.
“He had a promising future, a bright future that was cruelly taken away for a street robbery,” Moore said.
Officers found two firearms at the scene. One belonged to Arroyos and the other would belong to one of the suspects.
Another shooting took place a few miles from where Arroyos was shot. A man has been taken to a hospital. Investigators have not determined whether the two shootings are related. The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents regular officers, said Arroyos’ death is a reminder of the rise in crime the city is experiencing.
“The death of Officer Arroyos is a stark reminder that security on the streets of Los Angeles is fleeting and there is a growing disregard for human life and open violence festers in our city,” the LAPPL said in a statement. “There is absolutely no reason why a promising young officer who wants to invest in the community he served should no longer be with us.”