3 Palm Springs Police Officers shot, 2 killed

Published: Oct. 8, 2016 at 5:36 PM CDT
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Palm Springs Police Chief Bryan Reyes confirms two officers died in the shootings Saturday afternoon.

Reyes said the two were responding to a "family disturbance" at a home when they were shot at.

Police have not released the name or a description of the suspect. They say he is still at large and a number of agencies are pursuing several leads.

"I am awake in a nightmare right now," Reyes said at a news conference where he confirmed the deaths of the officers.

Reyes identified the officers as Jose Gilbert-Vega, a 35-year veteran of the police force, and Leslie Zerebny, who has worked for the department for a year and a half. The third officer is recovering in the hospital and assisting officers with the investigation, Reyes said.

The investigation centers on a home near where the shooting took place. Various agencies have surrounded the home.


The Desert Sun, a newspaper in Palm Springs, reports two officers died in the shootings, but police have not confirmed that.

The Palm Springs Police Chief is expected to give an update at 4:30 PDT. We'll bring you any updates from that news conference once they're available.


Palm Springs police say three officers have been shot but there's no word on their conditions.

A police statement says the shooting occurred Saturday afternoon north of Racquet Club Road and east of Sunrise Way.

There are 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 the murder.

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