2 officers dead, 1 injured after California shooting

John Felix (CBS)

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — The Palm Springs police officer wounded in a weekend shooting that killed two other officers is out of the hospital.

A police statement says the officer, who has not been named, was released Sunday and is doing well.

Police Chief Bryan Reyes says the officers were responding to a domestic call after a man’s father reported his son “acting crazy” and waving a gun.

Shooting suspect 26-year-old John Felix opened fire on the officers who had responded to a family disturbance call Saturday afternoon.

A neighbor, Frances Serrano, told The Associated Press that the suspect’s panicked father, Santos Felix, said his son, an admitted gang member, had a gun.

Jose “Gil” Gilbert Vega and Lesley Zerebny (CBS Los Angeles)
Jose “Gil” Gilbert Vega and Lesley Zerebny (CBS Los Angeles)

“My son is inside and we’re scared, he’s acting crazy,” Serrano said the older Felix told her. When it was suggested they call the police he said, “Yeah, he already knows they are coming, and he is going to shoot them.”

Officers Jose “Gil” Gilbert Vega and Lesley Zerebny were killed in the confrontation.

Zerebny, 27, had been with the department for about 18 months and recently returned from maternity leave after giving birth to a daughter. Vega, a married father of eight, was a 35-year veteran who planned to retire in December. He had been working overtime Saturday on his scheduled day off.

Police arrested Felix after a lengthy standoff. He will be charged Tuesday with murder and could face the death penalty.

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