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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: 35 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 35 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.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Chief of Police Bryan Reyes
Palm Springs Police Department
200 S. Civic Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Phone: (760) 323-8116

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

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Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray, “Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, family and loving, caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name, Amen”

I have lifted you and your family to God every morning for the past four years. Feel those prayers. God is with you, He knows and will ease your pain.

Faith helps us see beyond the grave.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011
October 20, 2016


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