PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Two police officers were killed and a third was wounded Saturday afternoon while responding to a domestic disturbance in Palm Springs, California, Police Chief Bryan Reyes said at a news conference.
“Today Palm Springs lost two brave officers. They go out every day and put their boots on the ground for everybody in this community. They gave it all for you,” Reyes said.
The officers fatally shot Saturday have been identified as Jose Gilbert Vega, a 35-year Palm Springs Police Department veteran working an overtime shift, and Lesley Zerebny, 27, a mother of a 4-month-old child, according to Reyes.
Police said the officers were responding to a “family disturbance” involving a mentally ill person.
Police said they believed no one else was hurt.
Dozens of law enforcement officers converged on a normally quiet residential neighborhood after the shooting.
Police also issued a warning that people inside their homes should stay there, lock their doors and not answer them until further notice.
SWAT officers raced to the scene after the shooting band surrounded a house.
After more than 12 hours, police brought a suspect into custody, KTLA reported. Police identified him as John Felix, 26.