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Off-duty Los Angeles police officer shot, killed

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Posted at 8:01 AM, Jul 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-27 13:23:35-04

(KGTV) — Los Angeles police are searching for the person behind the fatal shooting of an off-duty officer early Saturday.

An officer was flagged down just before 1 a.m. over reports of a shooting in the area of Avenue 26 at Humboldt St. in the Lincoln Heights area. The officer found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds, one of them identified as off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer Juan José Diaz.

"It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm the off-duty LAPD Officer has passed away as a result of the shooting. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones," LAPD tweeted.

"Officer Diaz was a dedicated public servant and Angeleno that put service to others above all else. The void his loss leaves within our ranks will not soon be filled," the department later tweeted.

The other gunshot victim was in unknown condition in a local hospital, according to the Associated Press.

Mayor Eric Garcetti called the shooting a "senseless murder," adding the city "will not rest until we find and prosecute a vicious killer."