Police officers killed in the line of duty is up 38% this year to 18 nationwide. The only good news is that gunfire deaths are down by 6 or 33% so far. The way Officer Boyer was killed could happen to any of us around here as well. Our local officers know this and don’t want to be the next statistic. This is why they may ask you to show your hands, or put your hands on a steering wheel. It isn’t about you personally, it is training and consistency. If our officers are consistent, they are safe. My prayers go out to Officer Boyer’s family, friends and the Whittier, CA police department and community.
Police Officer Keith Boyer was shot and killed as he and another officer investigated an accident near the intersection of Colima Road and Mar Vista Street.
Unbeknownst to the officers, the vehicle that caused the crash was stolen and being driven by a gang member who had just been paroled. The parolee had just committed another murder hours earlier. As Officer Boyer attempted to conduct a pat down on the subject, the man suddenly pulled a handgun from his waistband and opened fire. Officer Boyer was killed and a second officer was wounded. Despite the wounds, the officers returned fire and wounded the subject.
Officer Boyer was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
Officer Boyer had served with the Whittier Police Department for 27 years and was preparing to retire. He is survived by several children.