Reyes said the two were responding to a “family disturbance” at a home when they were shot at.
Police have not released the name or a description of the suspect. They say he is still at large and a number of agencies are pursuing several leads.
“I am awake in a nightmare right now,” Reyes said at a news conference where he confirmed the deaths of the officers.
Reyes identified the officers as Jose Gilbert-Vega, a 35-year veteran of the police force, and Leslie Zerebny, who has worked for the department for a year and a half. The third officer is recovering in the hospital and assisting officers with the investigation, Reyes said.
The investigation centers on a home near where the shooting took place. Various agencies have surrounded the home.
From the Desert Sun:
Two police officers are dead and one is wounded after a shooting in Palm Springs on Saturday, according to a source familiar with the incident.Read the rest here:
Dozens of law enforcement officers are involved in a search for the shooter or shooters in the area of Cypress and Del Lago roads in Palm Springs. Police are encouraging residents in the area to stay indoors while they conduct an investigation.
At 3:15 p.m., multiple officers in tactical gear were maintaining defensive positions behind a four-foot concrete wall as if a shooter were still on scene. Several other officers stood close by an armored vehicle parked on Cypress Road a block south of Francis Road.
Witnesses said they heard between 10 and 20 gunshots from what sounded like machine guns. Over a dozen patrol cars, three fire engines and a SWAT truck were at the scene of the incident at 2 p.m. Palm Springs police and San Jacinto police were on scene.