2 Palm Springs police officers killed, 1 injured
October 8, 2016
A family disturbance suspect shot and killed a 35-year-veteran of the Palm Springs police force on Saturday and another officer who recently had a child. The suspect also shot a third officer who survived the shooting.
Shortly after noon, a woman called 911 to say her adult son was causing a disturbance at their home. She then left the home in fear of her son.
Officers arrived but the son refused to open the door and threatened to shoot the officers through the door. The suspect then began shooting.
Police surrounded the home and set up a four-block perimeter, though they have not yet arrested the suspect.
The police department identified the murder victims as Jose “Gil” Vega, a veteran of the department who was due to retire in December, and Officer Lesley Zerebny, the mother of a 4-month-old. The department is not releasing the name of the injured officer.