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Fernando Arroyos: 3 suspected gang members and an associate accused of killing an LAPD officer while on duty

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Fernando Arroyos: 3 suspected gang members and an associate accused of killing an LAPD officer while on duty

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Luis Alfredo De La Rosa Rios, 29, Ernesto Cisneros, 22, and Jesse Contreras, 34, are believed to be members of the F-13 gang, according to a statement from the US Department of Justice. Rio’s alleged girlfriend Haylee Marie Grisham, 18, has also been charged.

According to the complaint, Arroyos was looking for a home on Monday with his girlfriend when a black van arrived. Rios and Cisneros pointed guns at the officer and his girlfriend and removed items from both, including chains from Arroyos’ necks.

There was an exchange of gunfire between Arroyos and the two suspects, after which Arroyos collapsed and the two suspects fled, the statement said. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene and took the officer to a hospital where he died.

The four defendants were in the vehicle and were allegedly at the scene of the theft and shooting, according to the complaint. They are charged with a violent crime for the benefit of racketeering, carrying a potential death sentence and a minimum sentence of life imprisonment in a federal prison without the possibility of parole.

CNN has contacted the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office in an attempt to contact the defendants’ legal representation and is awaiting a response.

Arroyos, 27, “was starting a very promising career,” LAPD chief Michel Moore said on Tuesday. He was with the department for three years and assigned to the Wilshire division.

“He found himself, after working a series of days on patrol, taking a day off, enjoying it with his girlfriend in search of a house, a place to live, a place to buy and invest in this city and the future of this region, ”Moore said.

Arroyos is survived by his mother and stepfather.

“He was the only child, he had a promising future, a bright future which was brutally taken away because of a street robbery,” said the chief.

F-13 is a “large, multigenerational street gang that has already been the subject of federal prosecutions, including two major racketeering cases,” the US attorney’s office said in a press release.

The press release did not mention any connection between Arroyos and the suspects.

Fernando Arroyos: 3 suspected gang members and an associate accused of killing an LAPD officer while on duty

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