A manhunt was underway Sunday for the killer who ambushed a third-generation Los Angeles County sheriff‘s deputy, who was shot whereas sitting in his patrol automotive in entrance of the division’s Palmdale station.
Ryan Clinkunbroomer, 30, was “present in medical misery” at about 6 p.m. Saturday when a great Samaritan stopped to render assist. The wounded deputy was taken to Antelope Valley Medical Heart in grave situation.
Shortly after 11 p.m., the division introduced Clinkunbroomer had died.
In accordance with media stories, Clinkunbroomer was stopped in a patrol automotive at a crimson mild when he was shot. He was present in entrance of the station at Sierra Freeway and East Avenue Q with a gunshot wound to the pinnacle.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna introduced Clinkunbroomer’s dying throughout a information convention on the Metropolis of Hope Antelope Valley, saying his father and grandfather had additionally been deputies and that Clinkunbroomer had gotten engaged simply 4 days earlier.
“He didn’t deserve this,” Luna mentioned “That is so unfair. We’re hurting as a result of we misplaced any individual. It hurts dangerous. It sucks, simply to place it bluntly. Our hearts completely exit to his household.”
Luna struggled to carry again his feelings whereas discussing what he described as a focused ambush killing.
“He was simply driving down the road,” Luna defined. “And for no obvious purpose — and we’re nonetheless wanting into the particular causes — any individual determined to shoot and homicide him, I’m assuming at this level, as a result of he was in uniform. That, to me, is sickening. That’s not who this neighborhood is and that’s why we arise right here collectively collectively actually asking our neighborhood on your help as we transfer ahead.”
Luna mentioned murder detectives have been finding out movies broadcast throughout information stories that seem to point out a automobile drive up behind Clinkunbroomer’s patrol automotive. It was unclear whether or not this was the suspect, the nice Samaritan or another person. However he additionally implored anybody who has video or info to offer it to the division.
“We’re using each useful resource accessible to apprehend the suspect answerable for this heinous crime,” the sheriff mentioned. “Anyone noticed one thing. Anyone is aware of one thing. There’s a household right here at this hospital grieving an unimaginable loss. We’d like your assist.”
Anybody who witnessed something associated to the taking pictures, particularly within the space of Sierra Freeway at round 6 p.m. Saturday, was urged to name the Sheriff’s Murder Bureau at 323-890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Luna mentioned Clinkunbroomer was an eight-year veteran of the division and had been with the Palmdale station since July 2018. He served as a discipline coaching officer, which Luna mentioned is a task reserved for under “the most effective of the most effective.”
Final week, Clinkunbroomer’s mom, Kim Etzel Clinkunbroomer, posted a number of images of her son and his fiancé on Instagram with the message: “We’re so excited so as to add to our household. Congrats to our son Ryan and his fiancé Brittany.”
Throughout an in a single day procession, regulation enforcement officers escorted Clinkunbroomer’s physique to the Los Angeles County coroner’s workplace.
He’s believed to be the primary Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed within the line of obligation because the Oct. 5, 2016 taking pictures dying of 29-year division veteran Sgt. Steve Owen, 53. Owen, who labored out of the Lancaster sheriff’s station, was shot whereas investigating a reported break-in.
Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.