OFFICER DOWN.......California

RIALTO CA. Oct. 18, 2007- A Rialto SWAT member was fatally shot in the head this morning while serving a narcotics search warrant at an apartment.

Police Capt. Raul Martinez declined to comment on the events leading up to the shooting and would not rule out the possibility of friendly fire.
Several sources with varied law enforcement agencies have confirmed it was a SWAT member and not the man inside the apartment who pulled the trigger.
Both Rialto and Colton SWAT teams, accompanied by a Drug Enforcement Administration agent, set out to serve multiple felony narcotics warrants in the neighborhood around 6:30 a.m.

Neighbors said they heard percussion grenades going off on the patio in front of 113 Cascade Drive, presumably to subdue the resident's two pit bulls. Inside, a struggle ensued and Officer Sergio Carerra, a four-year veteran and father of two, was shot.
Officials said they will not confirm his identity until a 3 p.m. briefing, but several law enforcement sources have identified Carerra.
"We've suffered a great loss today, not only the city of Rialto and the police department, but

the community," said Capt. Raul Martinez, pausing periodically to control his emotions. "I can't put it into words. It's tragic."
A helicopter landed on Cascade Drive and transported Carerra to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, where he was rushed into surgery. He died moments later.
The man who struggled with police was detained but not arrested. Neighbors said he lives there with a girlfriend and three kids. Though neighbors said they were surprised that police would knock on his door, some said the man's apartment was shot up early Sunday morning.
Rialto police declined to confirm or deny that the man's apartment was shot at earlier this week.
"We heard a lot of explosions and then the police swarmed," said Josophe Pruett, 46, who lives next door to where this morning's shooting occurred. "This really surprised us."
Pruett, a security guard at a nearby movie theater, said crime has recently run rampant in the neighborhood. Just days ago, a man pointed a gun at Pruett and his daughter, he said.
Calls for service in the area have increased significantly, Martinez said.
All city flags were lowered to half mast in honor of the slain officer.
Two teams of San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies are investigating the shooting, which is routine for officer-involved shootings. Spokesman Cindy Beavers said the report will be finished within six months.
Carerra is the second officer to be killed in the line of duty in Rialto. In 1986, Sgt. Gary Wolfley was shot in the parking lot of a now-demolished Shell station just down the street on East Foothill Boulevard after a suspect waited for him in back and stole his gun.

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