Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer, 53, was killed and another Officer wounded February 20th when they were fired upon while responding to a traffic accident.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said a suspect rear-ended a couple of cars in the city’s Friendly Hills neighborhood around 8:30 a.m. The suspect then asked one of the drivers involved in the wreck to help push his car around the corner.

The officers walked over to the suspect, who was sitting in a car, which was reportedly stolen. LASD Lt. John Corina described the suspect as a known gang member who had tattoos on his face and neck and was wearing “gang attire.”

Corina said the officers got the suspect out of the vehicle and were in the process of patting him down for possible weapons when the suspect opened fire with an automatic handgun, striking both officers. At least one of the officers returned fire, hitting the suspect.

Both officers and the suspect were rushed to area hospitals, where Boyer was declared dead. The second officer and suspect were in stable condition.

Officer Boyer had been with the department since 1989.