The grieving chief said Boyer was a close friend of many years, and a beloved officer within the department who had recently talked about retiring soon. "This is a senseless, senseless tragedy that did not need to be", said Chief Jeff Piper.
At the candlelight vigil, he promised to write a song in Boyer's honor.
In the meantime, a memorial of flowers and balloons continued to grow outside the Whittier Police Department. Jerry Brown in 2011.
One Whittier police officer has died and another officer was wounded in a shooting that also left a male "suspect" injured Monday morning, authorities said.
Police returned fire, wounding the suspect.
The suspected gunman was identified as Michael Christopher Mejia, 26, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
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The alleged suspect was reportedly involved in a homicide earlier in Los Angeles - before he stole the auto that he later crashed.
Boyer, 53, was killed about 8 a.m. Monday while responding to a traffic crash near Colima Road and Mar Vista Street. He then asked people in the auto he struck to help him move the disabled vehicle, according to Corina.
Officials say a California police officer was killed and another wounded in a shooting while they were trying to help a man who had been in a traffic accident in Whittier. They asked him to get out of the vehicle, and were going to pat him down to check for weapons, according to Corina. Authorities said the suspect was expected to survive his injuries and that his semi-automatic handgun was recovered at the scene.
Thus far, we don't know whether Boyer's killer was released from prison under one of those laws, or under Prop. 57, passed in November, which provides for early release in some circumstances.
But Piper and McDonnell criticized laws created to reduce the state's overcrowded prison population by moving some inmates to county jails and effectively reducing some sentences or providing early release.