- Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer was found shot inside his police vehicle in Palmdale, California; his death is being investigated as a murder.
- Authorities describe the perpetrator as still at large and are soliciting the public’s help in the manhunt.
- Clinkunbroomer had eight years of service and comes from a family with a history in the sheriff’s department.
LA County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer has been killed in what authorities are describing as an ambush in Palmdale, California.
He was found unconscious inside his police vehicle and was pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital.
Palmdale Ca:Deputy Down(750 E Avenue Q At the Palmdale Sheriffs station)Deputy down at station.LASD units doing critical roll to AVMC.Deputy at hospital requesting 4 additional units to hospital & 2 Lancaster units to Palmdale Sheriffs pic.twitter.com/6DYW2LOnji— ScannerAntelopeValley (@ImIntoFires) September 17, 2023
“We really need your help,” stressed Sheriff Robert Luna, addressing the urgency of capturing the individual responsible for this heinous act.
“We need to get this guy off the street… He ambushed and killed, murdered, one of our deputies.”
The incident occurred near the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. Deputy Clinkunbroomer, who had been a part of the department for eight years, was a respected field training officer.
“Not just anybody becomes a field training officer, it’s usually the best of the best,” Sheriff Luna remarked.
Sheriff Luna expressed a grim belief that Clinkunbroomer was targeted specifically “because he was in uniform,” a reality he termed as “sickening.”
Service was a family value for Clinkunbroomer. Both his father and grandfather had been members of the L.A. sheriff’s department. “Service was running through his veins … so unfair,” said Luna.
Luna also revealed that Clinkunbroomer had commemorated his engagement just days before the tragic incident.
Mayor Laura Bettencourt is reinforcing the call for public assistance, urging anyone with relevant information to contact the authorities immediately.
Sheriff Luna is determined and resolute, asserting, “We’re gonna catch the person who did this,” signaling the deployment of all available department resources in the manhunt.
“Homicide investigators are aware of a video that is circulating and are analyzing that video to determine if it is related to the murder of our deputy,” Luna stated.
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