At approximately 5:00pm on Monday, May 10, 2021, six SLOPD officers were serving a search warrant for possible stolen property related to a series of recent commercial burglaries. The officers approached the suspect’s apartment and provided “knock and notice” identifying themselves as law enforcement as required by California Penal Code 844. After an extended period of time and having received no response, they forced entry. The suspect, Edward Zamora Giron, age 37, was lying in wait and immediately opened fire on the officers from inside the apartment. Officers returned fire, but tragically two officers were shot during the exchange of gunfire and Detective Luca Benedetti, age 37, was killed. Detective Steve Orozco was transported to Sierra Vista Hospital where he was treated and released. The suspect was later found deceased inside the apartment with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound along with injuries from the officers’ return fire.
Detective Benedetti is survived by his wife and two young children. He joined the San Luis Obispo Police Department in 2012 and before that served for four years with the Atascadero Police Department. He is remembered as, “a dedicated officer, a talented detective, a proud member of the San Luis Obispo Regional SWAT Team, and most importantly, a loving husband and father.”