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Police Officer Lesley Zerebny | Palm Springs Police Department, California Palm Springs Police Department, California

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Lesley Zerebny

Palm Springs Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, October 8, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # P-524

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; AR-15

Offender: In custody

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Police Officer Lesley Zerebny and Police Officer Gil Vega were shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call in the 2700 block of Cypress Road shortly after noon.

A family member from the home had gone to a neighbor's house and and stated that his son was armed and wanted to shoot police officers. Responding officers, including Officer Vega and Officer Zerebny, arrived at the scene several minutes later. The man inside the home opened fire on them as they approached the front door, killing Officer Vega and Officer Zerebny and wounding a third officer.

The man then barricaded himself inside the home for approximately 12 hours. He was taken into custody by members of the Riverside County Sheriff's Office SWAT team. The subject was an admitted gang member.

Officer Zerebny had served with the Palm Springs Police Department for 18 months. She was survived by her husband, who also serves in law enforcement, and 4-month-old child.

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