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SLOPD identifies detectives shot during officer-involved shooting on Monday

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Posted at 5:54 AM, May 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-11 22:41:42-04

UPDATE (3 p.m.) - The Pad Climbing gym announced on Facebook Tuesday that the suspect in Monday's shooting, Edward Zamora Giron, was a former employee and that he was suspected of breaking into the gym early Monday morning.


UPDATE (12:06 p.m.) - San Luis Obispo City officials have identified the officer killed in a shooting on Monday as Detective Luca Benedetti, 37, a 12-year law enforcement veteran.

The second officer who was shot and injured was identified as Detective Steve Orozco. He was reportedly treated and released from Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center on Monday evening. He is expected to make a full recovery.

At about 5 p.m. on Monday, police say Benedetti and Orozco were among six officers serving a search warrant at an apartment on Camellia Court when the suspect began shooting at officers and officers returned fire. The suspect, identified as Edward Zamora Giron, 37, was later found dead inside the apartment of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police say he had also been struck when the officers returned fire.

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Police say the search warrant was for possible stolen property related to a series of late-night commercial burglaries over the past week.

Officials say Giron did not answer the door or give any kind of response when the officers knocked and identified themselves. The officers eventually forced open the front door and that's when police say Giron, who was lying in wait, began shooting.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office and the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office will be conducting an investigation into the incident.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Acting Police Chief Brian Amoroso thanked the community and other law enforcement agencies for their support and remembered Benedetti as a friend.

"I had the distinct pleasure of working with Luca over the past 9 years," Amoroso said. "He was a dedicated officer, a talented detective, a proud member of the San Luis Obispo Regional SWAT Team, and most importantly, a loving husband and father."

Benedetti is survived by a wife and two young children. He joined the San Luis Obispo Police Department in 2012. Prior to that, he served for four years with the Atascadero Police Department.

(5:54 a.m.) - Investigators remained on scene overnight investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting that took place when officers were serving a search warrant Monday in San Luis Obispo.

As of 5:40 a.m. Tuesday, crime scene tape was still up in the area involving an apartment complex on Camellia Ct. near the area of S. Higuera St. and Margarita Ave.

Authorities from throughout San Luis Obispo County responded to the scene after reports of the shooting around 5:20 p.m.

The City of San Luis Obispo late Monday night announced one officer had been shot and killed and another was hospitalized. Their condition was described as stable.

The suspect was reportedly shot and killed by police.

“This is a tragedy beyond measure for all of those who serve and care about our community,” said Derek Johnson, San Luis Obispo City Manager. “Our deepest condolences go out to the family. We are devastated by this loss.”

The names of the officers and suspect have not been released.

A press conference is planned for Tuesday at noon where more information will be released. You can watch the press conference on

Related: 1 police officer killed, 1 injured while serving search warrant in San Luis Obispo