Police have identified John Felix as the man suspected of fatally shooting two Palm Springs police officers and injuring another, officials announced today.
Felix, 26, is a resident of Palm Springs Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said. The slain officers are Jose Gilbert Vega, a 35-year veteran and Lesley Zerebny, who had just returned to duty after giving birth four months ago.
Palm Springs Police Chief Bryan Reyes said a woman called police at about 12:18 p.m. on Saturday to report that her son was causing a disturbance in the 2700 block of Cypress Road. According to authorities, four officers arrived at the scene and Felix would not open the door to the home, threatening to shoot the officers. Felix suddenly pulled out a gun and opened fire, Reyes stated. A witness at the scene said he heard at least 100 shots erupt and saw three to four officers attempting to revive an officer. A third officer was also wounded in the shooting. h/t abc7
Officials said the injured officer was alert and providing investigators with more information on the tragic shooting.