Two Cops Shot Dead in Palm Springs by Latino Gang Member–One A Young New White Mom

palm-springs-officers Jose Gilbert Vega, and Lesley Zerebny

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.”

The Desert Sun

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.

18 thoughts on “Two Cops Shot Dead in Palm Springs by Latino Gang Member–One A Young New White Mom

  1. Lol I find it amusing how the title includes the race of the white officer, but not the second. What a mediocre news article.

    • This is a pro-white website. I get to write it the way I want to. You may have also noticed that while I did not mention the race of the Mexican officer, I also did not mention his gender.

  2. Beginnings and ends; this literally broke my heart. A man who devoted his career to law enforcement, on the verge of retirement, working his day off and a young woman who had barely broken the surface with 18 months into the job. Beginning what I’m sure she envisioned as a noble and rewarding career, married to a sheriff’s deputy, and even more tragic, beginning the new phase of life called “mother”. Tragic and senseless yet becoming more commonplace. We cannot let armed ambushes become the new normal in our country. We have to do better than this. And we can.

  3. Why did the cops not kill this guy? With two dead cops on the front doorstep?
    “When officers arrived, Felix refused to open the front door and threatened to shoot the officers, police said.”
    If this is accurate, why did they not retreat (fast) and wait for special response types with body armour, heavy weapons etc?
    Did they really both stand in front of the closed front door after the threats were made?

    • Let’s bring sex into this, although I will be demonized by some for doing so.

      The Mexican may have wanted to show off to the beautiful white girl cop. Mexicans do that sort of thing to prove their virility. She may have wanted to show that a woman can be as brave as a man.

      If two male cops had showed up, the ending might have been different. OK, everybody fire away at me now.

      • Although it may rub some the wrong way, you do have a point worth considering. I have noticed that, when a frijolero finds itself in a position of authority, the macho man gene goes into overdrive to generate arrogance and attitude. It would be interesting to learn this officer’s history of interacting with the locals.
        As for the other officer, she is probably only “guilty” of following the lead of someone who outranks her.

  4. There is no way to prevent this kind of crime. The officers had no idea the suspect was going to pull a gun and start shooting. You cant approach everyone with your gun drawn. My condolences to the families.

  5. This is horrible and it has everything to do with the state of our country. We make excuses, backpedal, and point fingers especially at our police. So is this what de-escalating the situation looks like right? I’m absolutely appalled that we have had so many attacks on police officers, and a large portion on the public can’t get it through their thick skulls that criminals will continue to behave in criminal ways.

    • Culture matters. You’ve heard the phrase “rape culture.” There’s also a culture of “kill a cop.” I’ve heard it from rap artists so you can’t fool me. And believe me, Mexicans listen to rap as well as salsa.

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