California man is arrested for ‘killing one police officer and wounding another during a 15-hour standoff with a SWAT team

A California man was arrested Saturday for allegedly shooting dead a police officer and wounding another during a 15-hour standoff with a SWAT team.  

Isaias De Jesus Valencia, 39, was identified by the Pomona Police Department as the man who allegedly shot and killed Officer Gregg Casillas, 25, Friday night.

A second officer was also shot in the face, authorities said on the department’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

‘Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of our brother, Officer Gregg Casillas,’ the department said on Twitter.

Isaias De Jesus Valencia (pictured), 39, was arrested in California for allegedly shooting dead Officer Gregg Casillas and wounding another cop during a 15-hour standoff with a police SWAT team

Isaias De Jesus Valencia (pictured), 39, was arrested in California for allegedly shooting dead Officer Gregg Casillas and wounding another cop during a 15-hour standoff with a police SWAT team

Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies escortaed the handcuffed man suspected of fatally shooting Casillas to a waiting car

Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies escortaed the handcuffed man suspected of fatally shooting Casillas to a waiting car

Casillas, a married father-of-two was sworn in just six months ago.  

The incident began at 9.04pm Friday night when authorities received a call about a reckless driver, police said. Casillas and his partner responded and attempted to pull the driver over, but he did not yield. 

Casillas (pictured) and a partner responded to a call about a reckless driver and attempted to pull him over, but he didn't yield

Casillas (pictured) and a partner responded to a call about a reckless driver and attempted to pull him over, but he didn’t yield

A short vehicle pursuit ended in a traffic collision, and the suspect fled on foot. 

The officers gave chase as he ran into an apartment complex, according to police.

The suspect then barricaded himself inside a an apartment bedroom. As the officers yelled at him through the door to surrender, he fired through the door, striking Casillas.

His partner grabbed Casillas by the vest and tried to pull him to safety, and was struck by gunfire in the face in the process.

Both officers were transported to a hospital, where Casillas was pronounced dead. 

His training officer was in serious condition and underwent surgery, but is expected to survive.

Deputies with the LA Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau worked with Pomona cops to smoke out the suspect.

Meanwhile, SWAT teams from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department took over at the scene, and surrounded the apartment.

The standoff dragged on through the night. Speaking though megaphones, cops intermittently ordered the suspect to come out. Flash-bang grenades were also used.

Late Saturday morning, the suspect was taken into custody. Photos from the scene showed a male wearing only underwear and handcuffs being escorted by heavily armed police.

Local police and fire departments turned out in force to pay tribute to the fallen officer. 

A short vehicle pursuit ended in a traffic collision, and the suspect fled on foot. The officers gave chase as he ran into an apartment complex. The suspect then barricaded himself inside a an apartment bedroom. Casillas is pictured fourth from right 

A short vehicle pursuit ended in a traffic collision, and the suspect fled on foot. The officers gave chase as he ran into an apartment complex. The suspect then barricaded himself inside a an apartment bedroom. Casillas is pictured fourth from right 

As the officers yelled at him through the door to surrender, he fired through the door, fatally striking Casillas. An officer pictured at the scene of the incident 

As the officers yelled at him through the door to surrender, he fired through the door, fatally striking Casillas. An officer pictured at the scene of the incident 

His partner grabbed Casillas by the vest and tried to pull him to safety, and was struck by gunfire in the face in the process. Both officers were transported to a hospital, where Casillas was pronounced dead. Officers hug after the arrest of Valencia 

His partner grabbed Casillas by the vest and tried to pull him to safety, and was struck by gunfire in the face in the process. Both officers were transported to a hospital, where Casillas was pronounced dead. Officers hug after the arrest of Valencia 

His training officer was in serious condition and underwent surgery, but is expected to survive.

 Members of the SWAT team are pictured at the scene of the tragic shooting 

First responders lined the roads and crowded onto overpasses to salute as Casillas' body was transported from Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center to the coroner's office

First responders lined the roads and crowded onto overpasses to salute as Casillas’ body was transported from Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center to the coroner’s office

First responders lined the roads and crowded onto overpasses to salute as Casillas’ body was transported from Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center to the coroner’s office.

Casillas had always dreamed of becoming a police officer, and joined the Pomona Police Department as a records specialist in December 2014, Police Chief Michael Olivieri Jr said.

He then took a position as a jailer in September 2015, and was finally sworn in as a police officer in September 2017.

Olivieri said that Casillas was just days away from completing his field training when he died.  

Valencia was booked on suspicion of murder of a police officer and attempted murder of other officers. He is being held on $1 million bail.

The Pomona Police Department thanked the public for their support on social media. 

‘We are deeply moved by the love and support we have received from our law enforcement brothers and sisters, our community and people across the US during this difficult time,’ the department wrote. 

Casillas’ death comes less than a week after Officer Christopher Ryan Morton was killed by a suspect in Clinton, Missouri. 

He was finally sworn in as a police officer in September 2017

Flowers were sent to the Pomona Police Department

Casillas (far left) had always dreamed of becoming a police officer, and joined the Pomona Police Department as a records specialist in December 2014. Flowers were sent to the Pomona Police Department

Casillas was just days away from completing his field training when he died

Casillas was just days away from completing his field training when he died

The Pomona Police Department thanked the public for their support on social media as they 'mourn the loss of their brother'. Casillas' badge is pictured over flowers

The Pomona Police Department thanked the public for their support on social media as they ‘mourn the loss of their brother’. Casillas’ badge is pictured over flowers

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