UPDATE (6:50 a.m. PST): Authorities have identified the man suspected of fatally shooting two officers and wounding another in Palm Springs, California, and say he will be charged with two counts of murder on a peace officer.
The Riverside County Department identified the man Sunday as John Felix.
Officials say he surrendered after a lengthy standoff. He was injured and treated at a hospital.
Palm Springs Bryan Reyes identified the officers slain Saturday as Jose “Gil” Gilbert Vega and Lesley Zerebny.
Twenty-seven-year-old Zerebny had been with the department for about 18 months and recently returned from maternity leave after giving birth to a daughter. Vega was a 35-year veteran who planned to retire in December.
The wounded officer’s name was not released.
UPDATE (4:33 p.m. PST): A second Palm Springs police officer has died after being shot in the city this afternoon.
The Desert Sun is reporting law enforcement officers have surrounded a home where the shooter is believed to be located.
One of the officers killed was a 35-year veteran, and the other was a female officer who recently had a baby.
“I’m awake in a nightmare right now,” Palm Springs PD chief Bryan Reyes said, fighting back tears. “As Chief of Police, I need to step forward and stay focused.”
It is just being reported that the third officer shot is alert and talking.
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UPDATE (4:13 p.m. PST): One of the three officers shot this afternoon in Palm Springs has died according to law enforcement sources, one is critically wounded and there is no information on the condition of the third.
Police were responding to a domestic disturbance call when someone opened fire on the officers, according to the LA Times.
SWAT teams are actively searching the area for the suspect as of the publication of this update.
The LA Times is reporting families of the officers are being rushed to the hospital.
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Three police officers were shot Saturday afternoon in Palm Springs, but there’s no word yet on their conditions, police said.
Dozens of law enforcement officers are involved in a search for the shooter or shooters, The Desert Sun newspaper (http://desert.sn/2eeooxy ) reported.
Gerardo Barrera told the newspaper was working nearby in the quiet residential neighborhood when he heard gun shots. “I saw a person on the ground,” he said. “Someone kept pumping her chest but she wasn’t moving.”
There were no immediate details of the shooting, which comes days after a Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant was shot and killed in the high desert town of Lancaster.
Sgt. Steve Owen was answering a burglary call when sheriff’s officials say he was shot and wounded by a man who then stood over him and shot him four more times.
A paroled robber has been charged with murder.
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