Suspect fatally shot, La Habra officer critically wounded outside of police station

One person was killed and a police officer was struck by gunfire in a shootout outside the entrance of the La Habra police station Friday evening, authorities said. 

Police responded to the front entrance of the police station, located at 150 N. Euclid St., regarding a road rage incident in the area of the 5 and 57 Freeways at around 7:04 p.m., the La Habra Police Department said in a news release Saturday. 

Officials said the 911 call came from a woman who is believed to have been near the city of La Habra, according to the news release.

Upon arriving at the entrance to the police station, an “officer-involved shooting occurred,” police said. Further details about the shooting and what led up to it are not yet known. 

Authorities said a male officer was struck by gunfire and transported to UCI Medical Center.

As of Saturday afternoon, the officer was in critical but stable condition and was “alert,” police said.

The individual who was fatally shot by police was the suspect in the incident, and a firearm was recovered at the scene, authorities said.

“I can confirm that there is an individual that was shot and his body is in front of the Police Department. It is not one of our officers,” La Habra City Councilman James Gomez said in a live video on Facebook just before 8 p.m. Friday. 

The identity of the deceased is not yet known, and no other suspects were known to be involved.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is investigating.

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