Detective Luca Benedetti Bio, WIki
Detective Luca Benedetti has been identified as a California police officer who was shot and killed while serving a search on Monday, May 10. He was a 12-year law enforcement veteran and a current detective in San Luis Obispo.
The Detective was in a shootout in an apartment in the Central Coast city, officials said during a news conference.
Benedetti had worked for the San Luis Obispo Police Department since 2012, after serving at the Atascadero Police Department for four years. He was a member of the regional SWAT team. The 37-year-old is survived by his wife and two young children.
“This is a tragedy beyond measure for all of those who serve and care about our community,” City Manager Derek Johnson said in a statement. “Our deepest condolences go out to the family. We are devastated by this loss.”
The Detective was serving a search warrant
Benedetti and five other officers had been at the apartment for an investigation into items stolen in a string of late-night commercial burglaries. Detective Steve Orozco was injured in the shooting, police said. He was released from a hospital and is expected to recover from his wounds.
Police said the gunman Edward Zamora Giron had been lying in wait inside the apartment and fired at the officers before shooting and killing himself. He also had wounds sustained in the shootout. Police initially said that he had been killed by officers’ fire. Shots were fired shortly before 5:30 p.m. as officers served the warrant at the apartment in San Luis Obispo.
Victoria Torres, 21, told the San Luis Obispo Tribune that she was upstairs in her bedroom when she heard “a very loud knocking” at an apartment across from her.
“I don’t know if it was the police or what,” she said. “I always hear noises here so I didn’t think anything of it until I heard the gunshots.”
She looked out her window and saw a police car then walked downstairs and looked out another window. She said she saw a man carrying a “big gun” who began shooting from the door of an apartment at officers who were hiding behind their patrol car.
Torres went back upstairs to hide and call 911.
Monica Rochte, 31, told the Tribune that she heard police banging on an apartment door and saying: “‘We’re going to come in. We know you’re in there.'” Rochte said there was yelling and then a bang that she thought might be police knocking down the door, followed by a single shot. Rochte then heard police yell: “‘He has a gun!'” followed by a series of 15 to 20 shots, she said.