Local law enforcement sends sympathies to friends, family of Palm Springs officers killed

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Law enforcement officers in San Diego County sent thoughts and prayers Monday to the friends and families of two Palm Springs police officers who were gunned down during a response to a domestic disturbance .

Palm Springs police Sgt. Jose Gilbert Vega, 63, and Officer Lesley Zerebny, 27, were killed and a third officer was wounded Saturday. The alleged shooter, John Hernandez Felix, 26, was arrested after a 12-hour standoff.

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Vega had been with the department for 35 years and had planned to retire in December. Zerebny, a rookie officer who had been with the department for a year and a half, had just returned to duty after giving birth to a daughter four months ago. Her husband is a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy.

Oceanside, San Diego and National City police sent their sympathies to families and friends on twitter.

Hundreds of people attended a candlelight vigil at the Palm Springs Police Department Sunday night.

The series of events that led up to the shooing began around 1 p.m. Saturday as Palm Springs police responded to a call from a woman reporting that her adult son, an ex-con and alleged gang member, was causing a disturbance. Vega, Zerebny and a third officer were shot through a closed door as they tried to get the suspect to come outside.

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