Man ap­pre­hended in slay­ing of 2 Palm Springs po­lice of­fi­cers

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Two Palm Springs po­lice of­fi­cers try­ing to re­solve a fam­ily dis­pute were killed when a man they had been speak­ing with sud­denly pulled out a gun and opened fire on them, the city’s po­lice chief said.

A third of­fi­cer was wounded and taken to a hos­pi­tal.

Po­lice ap­pre­hended the man sus­pected in the shoot­ing. The River­side County Sher­iff’s De­part­ment iden­ti­fied him Sun­day as John Felix. He will be charged with two counts of mur­der. Of­fi­cials say Felix sur­ren­dered af­ter a lengthy stand­off. He was in­jured and treated at a hos­pi­tal. Palm Springs po­lice Chief Bryan Reyes iden­ti­fied the of­fi­cers slain Satur­day 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, a fa­ther of eight, was a 35-year veteran who planned to re­tire in De­cem­ber.

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