Los Angeles, CA – Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer, 30, was tragically shot while on duty, officials confirmed. He was in his patrol car, stopped at a traffic light outside the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station last Saturday when the incident occurred. The motive behind the gruesome attack remains shrouded in ambiguity.
The firearm used in the fatal ambush on the Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy seems to have been procured legally, as revealed by law enforcement officials. There didn’t emerge any indication about the shooter, Kevin Salazar, possessing any mental health issues during the acquisition of this weapon.
Forensic investigators are currently investigating if Salazar had a legally recorded background of psychiatric disorders. They are also inspecting whether such records, if any, should have set off alarms preventing him from acquiring a gun.
Salazar, aged 29, was taken into custody on Monday. Further, multiple law enforcement insiders have claimed that the suspect confessed to his deed during the investigation.
The suspect’s mother reported health concerns about her son to the authorities. However, it remains unclear whether these reports were indeed serious enough to obstruct her son from legally buying a gun. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has yet to comment on the reports made by Salazar’s mother on his mental health.
Sheriff Robert Luna on Monday decried the attack on Deputy Clinkunbroomer, terming it as an “act of extreme cowardice”. Luna mournfully stated, “Ryan’s family will never get to see him again”.
Clinkunbroomer, who served in the sheriff’s office for eight years, was described as hard-working and dedicated by his family. He was engaged to his dream girl and laid his life for the community, making the “ultimate sacrifice” in his line of service.