One police officer is dead and another injured following a shooting in a San Diego neighbourhood.
San Diego Police announced early Friday that one of the officers involved in the shooting had died. According to a tweet from police, another officer remains in surgery, but his condition is unknown.
It is with a very sad heart that we announce the death of one of our Officers tonight. Pray for his family pic.twitter.com/3l9PXa1vuW
— San Diego Police (@SanDiegoPD) July 29, 2016
The shooting occurred late Thursday night, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. There was no immediate word on what touched off the violence, which occurred around 11 p.m. PDT in the southeastern part of town.
One suspect is in custody, however, police are still searching the area for other possible suspects.
Video footage showed officers out in force with numerous squad cars with emergency lights flashing lining a street, officers on foot, and a helicopter buzz overhead.
The shooting comes as police departments across the country are on alert following the killing of officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, this month.
Police have yet to release the name of the deceased officer.
Shooting deaths of law enforcement officers spiked 78 per cent in the first half of 2016 compared to last year, according to a report released earlier this week.
However, data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund shows that firearms-related deaths of officers in the line of duty are still lower than they were during previous decades like the 1970s.
With files from Nicole Bogart, Global News.