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- Oct. 08, 2016 -
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Palm Springs Police Dept. Patch
Resided: CA, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Oct. 08, 2016
Race/Sex: Caucasian Female / 27 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Palm Springs Police Dept. - CA
200 S. Civic Drive  
Palm Springs, CA   92262   USA
(760)323-8116
County: Riverside
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Officer
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Domestic
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 1 years
Bio: Not Available
Survived by:
Husband
4yr old daughter

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: John Hernandez Felix / Male - 26 years old
In that case, a Palm Springs police detective came to the house on Cypress Road looking for Felix's brother. Felix cracked open the front door, and the detective recognized him as a parolee, so he demanded Felix open the door fully so he could be searched. Felix refused.

"I told John multiple times to open the door," wrote Detective Alberto Cantu in a court declaration. "I know that John is a member of a criminal street gang and has been involved in multiple shootings. Due to John's angry and agitated state, and history of violence, I requested dispatch to have an additional unit respond."

As backup arrived, Felix opened the door. Cantu grabbed his wrist, planning to search him for weapons, but Felix tried to pull away. Cantu dragged Felix out of the house, then the detective and another officer him down on a bench. They were eventually able to force Felix into handcuffs.

He was booked for resisting arrest, but the charge was later dismissed and Felix was convicted of only a disturbance infraction.

Felix has been convicted of disturbing the peace in 2009 and misdemeanor DUI in 2014.

His co-defendant in the gang shooting case, Antonio Madrigal, was convicted of attempted murder at trial and is still in prison. Court documents suggest Madrigal was the actual shooter and Felix assisted.

  
Location:   Palm Springs, CA   USA   Sat. Oct. 08, 2016
Summary: Police Officer Lesley Zerebny and Police Officer Gil Vega were shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call in the 2700 block of Cypress Road.

The suspects mother called police stating her son was causing a disturbance. The officers(3) arrived at the scene and were at the front door. The suspect refused to open the door, threatening to shoot the officers thru door. Susp. inside opened fire, fatally wounding Officer Zerebny and Officer Vega. The man then barricaded himself inside of the home.

A total of three Officers were rushed to the hospital with gunshot wounds. Only one survived.

Dozens of police then swarmed into the neighborhood, blockading the surrounding streets. Officers with tactical gear and military-style rifles took defensive positions around the house, and an armored vehicle and a bomb-disposal robot were also brought to the scene. Felix was captured alive at about 1 a.m.

A third officer was also wounded during the incident.

Source: Website      Click
Related: Jose Gilbert Vega
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