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Anti-Gang Officer Killed in Calif.

April 30, 2000

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ Two anti-gang police officers were fired upon during a late-night patrol, killing one and wounding his partner and a pregnant woman in a nearby house, authorities said Sunday.

``There was no warning,″ Sgt. Steve Filippini said. ``One or more suspects opened fire on them, striking them as they sat in their police car.″

Police searched a nine-square block area but had no suspects, Police Chief Jerome E. Lance said Sunday. He was cautious when asked if it was an ambush.

``What we are categorizing it as is our officers were both shot at in an unusual situation,″ Lance said. ``It’s difficult to call it an ambush because there were some other factors in this case that I can’t reveal at this time that may cause it not to have been specifically an ambush of those officers.″

Officer Daryle Black, 33, died from his wounds.

Officer Rick Delfin, 41, was hospitalized in good condition Saturday. He suffered a leg wound and was hit in the head by fragments.

A 45-year-old woman who is seven months’ pregnant was listed in good condition after a bullet struck her after entering her home, Lance said.

Lance said the officers were driving in a marked patrol car when the car was raked by gunfire. Delfin drove away and radioed for help. The two officers did not fire, he said.

On Sunday, police using dogs and a helicopter fanned out over a 9-square-block area in the port city of 500,000 residents south of Los Angeles.

Lance said he could not make any connection between the attack and Friday’s fatal shooting of a man by a Long Beach police officer.

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