The suspect in the killing of two Palm Springs police officers allegedly told his father he wanted to kill cops moments before the gunfire began.
Frances Serrano, who lives directly across the street from where the shooting took place Saturday, spoke to the father of the suspected gunman moments before the shooting. The father told Serrano that his son, who has mental issues, had a gun and wanted to shoot police officers.
“He came over and asked for help,” she said.
Serrano called the police and the father walked back toward his house. Soon after, Serrano heard gunshots.
One officer was wounded in the shooting. …
The slain police were Jose Gilbert “Gil” Vega and Lesley Zerebny. Vega was a 35-year veteran who was due to retire in December and had chosen to work overtime on Saturday, Reyes said.
Zerebny, 27, had just given birth to a baby girl four months ago. She had been with the department for a year and a half.