Downey Police Officer Ricardo “Ricky” Galvez, 29, was shot and killed November 18th in the parking lot of the police station.

Galvez, known as “Ricky” to the community, was nearing the end of his shift about 11:08 p.m. that night when two male suspects ran toward him as he was seated in the driver’s seat of his vehicle at the Downey Police Department’s west parking lot, said Homicide Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Though he was wearing civilian clothes, Officer Galvez was on-duty at the time of the incident. It is believed to be a botched robbery.

Downey Police Chief Carl Charles described Galvez as a “tremendous young man who loved serving the residents of Downey. “His smile was infectious, and his professionalism was always on display.”

Galvez was a 5 year veteran of the department and a former Marine who was deployed twice during Operation ‘Enduring Freedom.’ The field patrol officer was not married and did not have children.

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