Police Officer Lesley Marie Zerebny

Police Officer Lesley Marie Zerebny

Palm Springs Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, October 8, 2016

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Lesley Marie Zerebny

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 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.

In May 2019 the subject was convicted of capital murder with the jury recommending the death penalty.

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.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge P-524

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AR-15
  • Offender Convicted of capital murder

ambush, domestic, gang member

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I had the pleasure of meeting your father this last weekend out in the desert off roading. He was flying a Officer blue line US flag on his truck . My son Alhambra Ryan Stringer, EOW 7/10/11 was our common ground and we shed a tear together talking about you both. Its a shame we have to meet under these conditions but we both are forever proud of you both. I believe there is a special place in heaven with God for those who believe and maybe you could look up Ryan and say Hi for me. Thank you for you service and I will keep your family in my Prayers. Sonny Stringer

Embert Stringer
Alhambra Police Department, California

February 13, 2019

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