Sus­pect ar­re­sted in fa­tal shooting of two Ca­li­for­nia po­li­ce of­fi­cers

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

USA - A sus­pect ar­re­sted in the fa­tal shooting of two Ca­li­for­nia po­li­ce of­fi­cers had high-ca­pa­ci­ty am­mu­ni­ti­on ma­ga­zi­nes and con­ce­a­la­ble soft bo­dy ar­mor when he was cap­tu­red, law en­for­ce­ment au­tho­ri­ties said yes­ter­day. Jo­hn Felix, 26, was ta­ken in­to cus­to­dy by a SWAT team in Palm Springs, Ca­li­for­nia, ear­ly Sun­day mor­ning af­ter an hours-long stand­off that be­gan when four of­fi­cers ar­ri­ved at the ho­me to in­ves­ti­ga­te a re­port of a fa­mi­ly dis­pu­te. He was not ar­med at the ti­me of his ar­rest. “The of­fi­cers ca­me un­der fi­re soon af­ter ar­ri­ving at the re­si­den­ce in res­pon­se to a call from a wo­man who said her son was cau­sing a dis­tur­ban­ce”, po­li­ce said.

The of­fi­cers kil­led we­re Jo­se Ve­ga, 63, a ve­te­ran of the Palm Springs Po­li­ce De­part­ment who plan­ned to re­ti­re in De­cem­ber, and Le­sley Ze­reb­ny, 27, who was on the for­ce for a year and a half and had just re­tur­ned from ma­ter­ni­ty lea­ve af­ter gi­ving birth to a daugh­ter. A third of­fi­cer, who au­tho­ri­ties de­cli­ned to iden­ti­fy, suf­fe­red non-li­fe th­re­a­tening in­ju­ries and is ex­pec­ted to be re­lea­sed from a hos­pi­tal short­ly. Palm Springs Po­li­ce Chief Bry­an Rey­es said at a news con­fe­ren­ce that the of­fi­cer was pro­vi­ding de­tails about the in­ci­dent to in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Af­ter the ini­ti­al shooting, do­zens of of­fi­cers in tac­ti­cal gear and back­ed by an ar­mo­red ve­hi­cle set up po­si­ti­ons out­si­de the ho­me whe­re the sus­pect had bar­ri­ca­ded himself and con­ti­nued to fi­re shots. Po­li­ce de­ploy­ed ro­bots in­si­de the re­si­den­ce but fai­led to pin­point the sus­pect’s lo­ca­ti­on. They then re­lea­sed ‘che­mi­cal agents’ in­si­de of the ho­me and Felix ca­me out short­ly af­ter.

Felix was tre­a­ted at a hos­pi­tal af­ter his ar­rest. He will be boo­ked on two counts of mur­der of a po­li­ce of­fi­cer, au­tho­ri­ties said in a sta­te­ment. He could re­cei­ve the de­ath pe­nal­ty if con­vic­ted.

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