4 arrested in connection with killing of off-duty LAPD officer

"We’re going to bring some people to justice on that one," said L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva

By Josh Cain
Los Angeles Daily News

LOS ANGELES — At least four people detained following the shooting this week of an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer in the South L.A. area have now been arrested, officials said Wednesday.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the four were among the five people stopped in the hours after the killing of 27-year-old Fernando Arroyos in the Firestone-Florence neighborhood on Monday.

Officer Fernando Arroyos
Officer Fernando Arroyos (Los Angeles Police Department)

Arroyos was looking for homes with his girlfriend at around 9:15 p.m. in the 8700 block of Beach Street when a black pick-up pulled up alongside them. A group of men got out — one pulled a gun, and Arroyos exchanged gunfire with him.

Arroyos was shot at least once and later died at a hospital.

Villanueva would not say exactly what the four were arrested for, but he said they were believed to be connected to Arroyos’ killing.

“We’re going to bring some people to justice on that one,” he said.

Officials have said they believe the men were trying to rob Arroyos. The three-year LAPD veteran was assigned to the department’s Olympic Division in the Koreatown-Pico Union area. He was the only child to his mother and stepfather.

His death led to mourning this week from city officials.

“He had a promising future, a bright future,” said LAPD Chief Michel Moore during Tuesday’s Police Commission meeting. “That was taken away viciously over a street robbery.”

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