Sus­pect in 2 fa­tal po­lice shoot­ings taken into cus­tody

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Po­lice have ap­pre­hended the man sus­pected of fa­tally shoot­ing two of­fi­cers and wound­ing an­other in Palm Springs, Cal­i­for­nia, au­thor­i­ties an­nounced yes­ter­day. The River­side County Sher­iff’s De­part­ment made the an­nounce­ment overnight on Twit­ter. No fur­ther in­for­ma­tion was im­me­di­ately avail­able.

Two of­fi­cers try­ing to re­solve a fam­ily dis­pute were killed Satur­day when a man they had been speak­ing with sud­denly pulled out a gun and opened fire, Palm Springs po­lice Chief Bryan Reyes said. A third of­fi­cer was wounded and re­mained hos­pi­tal­ized. The chief iden­ti­fied the slain of­fi­cers as Jose “Gil” Gil­bert Vega and Les­ley Zerebny.

Zerebny, 27, had been with the de­part­ment for about 18 months and only re­cently re­turned from ma­ter­nity leave af­ter giv­ing birth to a daugh­ter four months ago. Vega, the fa­ther of eight, was a 35-year vet­eran who planned to re­tire in De­cem­ber. He had been work­ing over­time on his day off Satur­day. The wounded of­fi­cer’s name was not re­leased. River­side County SWAT of­fi­cers quickly sealed off the nor­mally quiet res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hood in this desert re­sort town as po­lice evac­u­ated some res­i­dents. They told others to stay in­side their homes, keep their doors locked and not to open them for any­one un­til fur­ther no­tice.

Al­though Reyes didn’t iden­tify the shoot­ing sus­pect, he in­di­cated po­lice had had pre­vi­ous deal­ings with him. He de­clined to elab­o­rate, adding that River­side County sher­iff’s deputies were now in charge of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. As the lock­down con­tin­ued, scores of po­lice of­fi­cers gath­ered at Palm Springs Desert Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter to of­fer a somber salute as the bod­ies of Zerebny and Vega were loaded into white hearses for trans­port to a coro­ner’s of­fice. — AP

PALM SPRINGS: River­side County Sher­iffs Deputies stand near the scene of a shoot­ing on Satur­day. — AP

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