After a long standoff with police, alleged cop killer John Felix has been captured alive. Early indications are that Felix is a Latino gang member with a history of violence in his background.
Excerpt from CNN
A suspect in the killing of two police officers was arrested early Sunday — more than 12 hours after the fatal shooting during a domestic disturbance call in Palm Springs, California.
Police identified the suspect as John Felix, a 26-year-old resident of Palm Springs.
Felix is accused of killing Palm Springs officers Jose Gilbert Vega, a 35-year veteran due to retire this year, and Lesley Zerebny, who joined the department recently and just got back from maternity leave.
A third officer was wounded and is recovering from nonlife-threatening injuries.
The Saturday afternoon shooting led authorities to a standoff that extended into early Sunday. Police, who have released few details, say they will elaborate on the shooting at 11 a.m. (2 p.m. ET) Sunday.
The incident started after officers responded to a 911 call at a house in Palm Springs, a resort town about 100 miles east of Los Angeles.
A woman made the call around midday local time and said her adult son had caused a disturbance, Palm Springs Police Chief Bryan Reyes said.
When officers arrived, Felix refused to open the front door and threatened to shoot the officers, police said.
Within 10 minutes of their arrival, as they tried to get him to comply with their orders, Felix opened fire through the closed front door, according to police.
Palm Springs resident Arnold Morales described hearing a flurry of gunshots in rapid succession as he drove home from the gym.
“That’s not fireworks,” Morales told CNN affiliate KMIR. “(It was) bang-bang-bang. We must’ve heard at least 30 shots. It could be more.”
Police arrested known gang member John Felix in the killing of two Palm Springs police officers Saturday afternoon.
Felix, 26, was captured alive around 12:50 a.m. Sunday morning after a standoff with police lasting 12 hours, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. He is accused of two counts of murder of a peace officer.
Felix was previously sentenced to four years in prison for a 2009 attempted murder plot in which he confessed to assault with a firearm. He was also arrested in 2013 for fighting with police on the same doorstep where Saturday’s shooting occurred.
After night fell, officers pointed a spotlight at the front door of the house. Using a loudspeaker, officers commanded in Spanish and then English: “Salga con las manos arriba!” – “Come out with your hands up!”
The standoff lasted through the night as officers continued to yell for Felix to show himself. They set off at least two flash-bangs, but there was no gunfire. Police sprayed the area with what appeared to be tear gas shortly after midnight.
The police were using a robot to investigate the scene. The robot open the front door of the house, dragged it away, went inside and then came out the back entrance, one witness said. No police officers went inside.