Sister of accused cop killer says he didn’t do it, blames friends

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16-year-old charged as adult in Downey officer’s killing.

LOS ANGELES — A 16-year-old has been charged as an adult with murder in the shooting death of a Southern California police officer in what investigators called a botched robbery. A police spokesman tells PEOPLE that three suspects have been detained in connection with the murder of Officer Ricardo Galvez, a five-year veteran of the Downey, California, police force. Helium balloons with stars and stripes marked the parking spot next to the Downey Police Department’s headquarters where 29-year-old Galvez was fatally shot on Wednesday night. Alvarado also said she spoke to Diaz while he was in police custody, and he insisted that one of the other suspects fired the gunshots that killed Galvez.

He always brought a smile,” said Eleazar Aguilar, who served with Galvez in Gulf Co. 223, based in Pico Rivera. “He was always the leader in the unit, there was no question about that. Before Galvez was killed, the three suspects had been searching for victims to rob in the Downey, Lakewood and Bellflower area, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. When Vernis opened a barbershop called the Pride on Firestone Boulevard, Galvez persuaded his fellow Downey police officers to patronize the business. On Friday, Corina said that Diaz and the 18-year-old were the two who approached Galvez’s BMW as he sat in a publicly accessible parking lot in civilian clothing after completing a training session around 11 p.m.

Once they were in custody, the suspects admitted to trying to rob Galvez, according to Corina, who said Galvez was not targeted because he was a police officer. “There was nothing indicating that he was a police officer when he was shot,” Corina said. “I don’t think he even really saw these guys coming up on him.” Nothing was taken from Galvez, authorities said.

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