End of Watch: Saturday, October 8, 2016
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 very angry and upset and was armed. Responding officers, including Officer Vega and Officer Zerebny, arrived at the scene several minutes later. While negotiating with the suspect, who was inside the home, he suddenly opened fire on them, killing both Officer Gil 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 Department 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. Her father is a retired law enforcement officer.
Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 1 year, 6 months
Badge # P-524
Weapon: Rifle; AR-15
Offender: In custody