Man taken into custody in Palm Springs police shooting

Source: Palm Springs Police Department
Source: Palm Springs Police Department

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Police have taken into custody the man suspected of fatally shooting two officers and wounding another in Palm Springs, California.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department made the announcement early Sunday morning.

Police have not released the suspect’s identity. No further information was immediately available.

Palm Springs Police Chief Bryan Reyes says two officers trying to resolve a family dispute were killed Saturday when a man suddenly pulled out a gun and opened fire. A third officer was wounded and remains hospitalized.

The chief identified the slain officers as Jose “Gil” Gilbert Vega and Lesley Zerebny.

Twenty-seven-year-old Zerebny had been with the department for about 18 months and returned from maternity leave after giving birth to a daughter. Vega was a 35-year veteran who planned to retire in December. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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