Two members of the San Diego Police Department's Elite Gang Unit were shot in the city around 11pm Thursday and one officer has since died. It isn't clear what led to the shooting in the Southcrest neighborhood; the officers were participating in a traffic stop when the shots were fired. NBC San Diego reports the officer who died was hit a number of times in the upper torso. The San Diego PD confirmed the news in a tweet, writing, "It is with a very sad heart that we announce the death of one of our Officers tonight. Pray for his family." Department Chief Shelley Zimmerman said he had a wife and children.
The second officer is in surgery. "Keep him in your prayers," the department tweeted. Authorities were spotted searching the neighborhood hours later with helicopters and SWAT vehicles shortly before announcing one suspect is in custody, per the Los Angeles Times. "We are still searching the area for other possible suspects," police say. (Read more San Diego stories.)