Two police officers in southern California were killed, and officials say the suspect is also dead.

LOS ANGELES — After getting a call about a stabbing at a motel in Southern California, two police officers were shot and killed, and the suspect was also killed, officials said.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the deadly confrontation occurred at 4:47 p.m. in El Monte, a community east of Los Angeles.

In El Monte, a city east of Los Angeles, the deadly encounter occurred around 4:47 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

The suspect then ran out of the motel room, and Meyer said that police were involved in a second shooting in the parking lot.

The two officers who were wounded were taken to a hospital, where they died Tuesday evening, Meyer said. 

The event order wasn't obvious. Meyer said a gun was near the suspect and He said there wasn't a stabbing. Investigators questioned the suspect's girlfriend.

The city reported officers "were instantly fired upon" and Unidentified were the dead officers and the suspect.

One of the dead officers was a veteran with at least 22 years of service, and the other was a new officer who had been on the job for less than a year.

"They were good men," said El Monte Capt. Ben Lowry, the acting chief of police. 

When a deadly confrontation occurs with El Monte's own police department, a sheriff's department inquiry is in charge.