Two of­fi­cers killed in US shoot­ing

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TWO po­lice of­fi­cers were fa­tally shot and one in­jured while re­spond­ing to a do­mes­tic dis­tur­bance call in Palm Springs, Cal­i­for­nia, po­lice said.

The shoot­ing oc­curred on Oc­to­ber 8 after two of­fi­cers went to a home after re­ceiv­ing a re­port from a fe­male caller that her adult son was caus­ing a dis­tur­bance, po­lice chief Bryan Reyes told jour­nal­ists.

Ap­prox­i­mately 10 min­utes after they first re­sponded, the two of­fi­cers called for emer­gency re­in­force­ment and said that shots had been fired.

“It was a sim­ple fam­ily dis­tur­bance and [the gun­man] elected to open fire,” Mr Reyes said. “I’m awake in a night­mare right now.”

Three of­fi­cers were wounded in the gun­fire and taken to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal, where two of them died.

The vic­tims were Jose Gil­bert Vega, a 35-year vet­eran of the depart­ment who was due to re­tire in De­cem­ber, and Les­ley Zerebny, 27, who gave birth to a child four months ago.

The sus­pect re­mains at large and Mr Reyes said po­lice do not know his ex­act where­abouts, but added, “It’s still a fluid sit­u­a­tion and there’s be­lief that he still may be in the house”. –

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