Two officers dead and one officer wounded after the Palm Springs shooting incident in Palm Springs, California last Saturday.
The police officers quickly responded to an emergency call. The caller was asking for help because of a simple family disturbance. What seemed to be a “simple family disturbance” turned into a riot as the suspect turned the gun into the officers while they were trying to solve the problem.
In a press conference conducted by Police Chief Bryan Reyes, he showed pictures and more information regarding the slain officers.
First is Jose Gilbert Vega, a 63-year-old father of eight amazing children and a patrol officer who has been serving his nation for 35 years now. Vega was not even scheduled for work on the day of the chaos but he took an overtime shift so that the other officers can take a day off. Vega has turned over his retirement and was supposed to leave service on December. This veteran officer has also helped in training new officers.
The second victim, Lesley Zerebny, had been on the job for a year and a half. Zerebny, who just returned to work after a maternity leave, is a 27-year-old loving mother to a four-month-old baby. The officer is married to a deputy with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office who took over the investigation.
The unnamed officer who is injured is now at the hospital, recovering. The wounded officer has been actively helping the investigators to solve the crime and give justice to the other two deceased officers.
“Today, Palm Springs lost two of its brave officers,” Reyes said in a shaking voice. “They go out every day with their boots on the ground. They gave their all for you.” Reyes asked this time to pray for the murdered officers.