A Los Angeles police officer was shot on Monday morning after responding to a domestic violence call. Officer Steve Jenkins was in critical condition at Providence Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills after being shot in his jaw. The shooting took place about 2:45 a.m. as officers approached the home. Police were unaware if the suspect had additional weapons or if the suspect was wounded. The suspects wife called the police at around 10:38 p.m. from a nearby residence and informed authorities that she was injured by the suspect.
According to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, the injured officer’s wife is a sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department and his son is a police officer.
According to the police union and the Los Angeles Police Protective League, “A total of 162 officers died in the line of duty in 2010, up from 117 in 2009,” the statement read. “So far in 2011, 52 have lost their lives, a 20% rise from the same time last year. Since the beginning of this year, 27 law enforcement officers around the country were killed either by firearms or felonious assaults. This is an increase of more than 13% in fatalities over 2010, when 20 officers were killed by firearms or felonious assault at this same point in time.”
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