Retired California officer Kevin Nishita was killed while providing security for a news crew. (Photo: Colma PD) -

Retired California officer Kevin Nishita was killed while providing security for a news crew. (Photo: Colma PD)

A retired California police officer was shot and mortally wounded while working security for a news crew Wednesday.

Kevin Nishita,  who retired in 2018 after serving with the Hayward, San Jose, and Colma police department, was shot in the abdomen during an attempted robbery of KRON-TV’s camera equipment near downtown Oakland, police said.

"He was rushed to a local hospital for medical attention and, despite the hospital staff’s best efforts, succumbed to his injuries (Saturday) morning," the City of Colma said in a statement.

The KRON crew was covering a recent robbery where a group of thieves broke in and stole from a clothing store, the Associated Press reports.

A reward of $32,500 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in Nishita’s killing.

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