Dozens of police massed outside a house where a suspect appeared to be holed up. Officers took defensive positions behind a patrol car and a concrete wall.
Police were searching for a shooter or shooters in the area of Cypress and Del Lago roads and encouraged residents to stay indoors.
At 3:15 p.m., multiple officers in tactical gear were taking cover behind a four-foot wall. Several other officers stood close by an armored vehicle parked on Cypress Road a block south of Francis Road.
Witnesses said they heard between 10 and 20 gunshots from what sounded like machine guns. Over a dozen patrol cars, three fire engines and a SWAT truck were at the scene of the incident at 2 p.m.
Palm Springs police and San Jacinto police were on scene.
Palm Springs Mayor Rob Moon, while walking out of the emergency room where the officers were taken, said, "It's probably the worst day of my life." Moon declined to elaborate, citing the upcoming press conference.
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