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Arrests made in killing of off-duty California officer

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Posted at 12:29 PM, Aug 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-10 15:29:59-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Multiple arrests have been made in connection with the fatal shooting of an off-duty Southern California police officer, authorities said Wednesday.

Capt. Scott Loughner of the suburban Downey Police Department confirmed the arrests and said details would be released in an afternoon press conference at the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles.

Monterey Park Officer Gardiel Solorio, 26, was shot to death in a midafternoon attack Monday in a parking lot near a Downey fitness center.

LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said during an online community question-and-answer session that late Tuesday Downey police assisted by other agencies arrested three people responsible for the killing.

“We're happy to know that arrests have been made,” the sheriff said. “There's a lot more investigation to go on.” The office of District Attorney George Gascón said in an advisory that criminal charges would be announced at the press conference.

Solorio joined the Monterey Park Police Department as a recruit in January, graduated from the county sheriff's academy on July 22 and started field training on July 25.