Three young men were arrested Thursday on suspicion of killing a California police officer and former Marine in what investigators described as a botched robbery as the lawman sat in his own car after work. Downey police Officer Ricardo "Ricky" Galvez, 29, was in plainclothes in the driver's seat of his car at the end of his shift when two men ran up and opened fire late Wednesday, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. John Corina said. The five-year department veteran died in the car. Corina said two men in their 20s and a juvenile were out looking for someone to rob when they spotted Galvez sitting in his car after he just finished work. Galvez was shot seconds later.
"They were attempting to rob Officer Galvez not realizing he was a police officer," Corina said. "I don't even think he saw these guys coming up on him. ... It appeared to be an ambush style. It happened very quickly." Another officer heard the gunshots and pursued the attackers as they fled into the neighboring city of Montebello. Investigators said they arrested the getaway driver shortly after and detained a number of other people after SWAT officers swept surrounding neighborhoods. The other two arrests were announced later. The names of the suspects were not released. (Read more police officer stories.)