Update: Kevin Salazar, aged 29, turned himself in after a standoff at his residence in Palmdale this morning, as stated by Sheriff Luna.
A person of interest has been apprehended in connection with the fatal shooting of a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy.
The deputy, identified as 30-year-old field training officer Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer, was ambushed and shot near the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station, situated at the intersection of Sierra Highway and Avenue Q.
Sheriff Robert Luna stated that a concerned citizen discovered the deputy unresponsive in the vehicle at approximately 6 p.m. Clinkunbroomer was promptly transported to the Antelope Valley Medical Center in Lancaster, where he ultimately passed away.
A candlelight vigil in his honor took place outside the Palmdale sheriff’s station on Sunday night. Further information regarding the apprehension has not been disclosed, but authorities plan to hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m.
On Sunday, prior to the announcement of the apprehension, Luna condemned the suspect or suspects as “cowards” and emphasized that the killing was sudden, with no discernible motive. “This is utterly unacceptable,” Luna declared.
The deputy lost his life while dutifully serving our community. Various agencies had collectively pledged rewards amounting to $250,000 for any information that would lead to the arrest and legal action against the suspect or suspects.
Palmdale and Los Angeles County contributed $100,000 each, and the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs added an additional $50,000.
Luna urgently appealed, stating, “Your assistance is crucial. We must remove this individual, or individuals, from the streets.
They pose a serious threat to public safety. They ambushed and fatally attacked one of our deputies. We rely on your help to apprehend them.” On Sunday afternoon, Luna mentioned that investigators were focused on identifying a “vehicle of interest” spotted in close proximity to the deputy’s vehicle during the shooting.
This car was described as a dark-gray 2006-2012 Toyota Corolla.
Luna expressed his belief that the shooting might have been recorded on video. Surveillance footage depicts a vehicle approaching the deputy’s patrol car while it was stationary at a traffic light, then quickly driving away.
Luna encouraged anyone present near Sierra Highway and Avenue Q at approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday to review any available camera recordings, including dashcam footage.
The motive behind the apparent ambush remains uncertain. Investigators have not yet established if the attack was a personal vendetta, work-related, or a random act, simply because Clinkunbroomer was in a marked patrol car.