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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My dear Indio High school and Track and cross-country friend. I guess you and I were one of the few that stayed on the right path and continued our careers on law-enforcement .
I was present at your viewing in Palm Springs and also at your burial in Coachella.
I visit you at your grave from time to time, coz I also have my little brother and grandma there.
May you rest in peace, and you are not forgotten by your high school friends and us in the Law-Enforcement field.
Sincerely your Long time friend.

Jesus (Jesse) Rodriguez

Jesse Rodriguez
Corcoran Police Dept./ CDC-Corcoran

July 30, 2022

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