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Police Officer Jose Gilbert Vega | Palm Springs Police Department, California Palm Springs Police Department, California

Police Officer

Jose Gilbert Vega

Palm Springs Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, October 8, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 63

Tour: 37 years

Badge # P-538

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; AR-15

Offender: Apprehended

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Police Officer Gil Vega and Police Officer Lesley Zerebny 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 Vega had served with the Palm Springs Police Department for 37 years and was scheduled to retire only two months after his murder. He was working an overtime shift on the day he was murdered. He is survived by his wife and eight children.

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Police Officer Lesley Marie Zerebny
Palm Springs Police Department, California
End of Watch: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Cause: Gunfire

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OFFICER GIL VEGA, We only knew each other just over 2 years. Thank you for your service as a Police Officer. You where more than a great Police Professional. You lived the life of a great human being !! You told me of your great love of Jesus. You proved it by your everyday actions and how you loved people. Without question I know you are with our Lord Jesus Christ. I look forward to seeing you again and that Gil Vega smile. SEE YOU IN HEAVEN MY FRIEND !!! GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

Army / Fire Vet: Frank Perio
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September 23, 2017

 

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