This is the moment a suspect was arrested after Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer was killed in a ‘targeted’ ambush in his patrol car just days after he became engaged.
Kevin Salazar, 29, was arrested at a Palmdale home early on Monday after an hours-long standoff with police – just 36 hours after Clinkunbroomer, 30, was shot dead while on duty.
The news comes after authorities offered a $250,000 reward in the hunt for a suspect and released grainy surveillance video of a dark-colored sedan that pulled alongside the patrol car in the moments before the shooting.
Sheriff Robert Luna said during a press conference announcing the arrest that community leaders came forward with information that led them to the suspect and his vehicle.
Salazar refused to come out of the home for hours and only surrendered after police released chemical agents.
Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer had gotten engaged just four days before his murder. He was an eight-year veteran of the police force, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather
Clinkunbroomer was found near the intersection of Sierra Highway and Avenue Q in Palmdale
Luna has said he believes the shooting was a ‘targeted attack,’ but the motive, and whether Clinkunbroomer or the department in general was the target, remains unclear.
‘Without warning, he was murdered while serving our community,’ an emotional Luna said at a Sunday news conference. ‘Please, I beg you. Somebody has information. Make things right.’
Luna said investigators believe the ‘vehicle of interest’ is a gray Toyota Corolla manufactured between 2006 and 2012.
A vehicle matching the description of the ‘vehicle of interest’ was towed out of a Palmdale neighborhood on Monday morning, according to local reports.
Video shows Clinkunbroomer’s patrol car stopping at a red light. A black sedan stops a few feet behind the car before pulling up to the driver’s side. After a moment, it peels off down the street as the patrol car rolls forward slightly and comes to a halt.
Clinkunbroomer was found near the intersection of Sierra Highway and Avenue Q in Palmdale by a person Luna identified as a ‘good Samaritan’ who alerted personnel at the city’s sheriff’s station.
The deputy was taken to Antelope Valley Medical Center in Lancaster, where he was treated for a gunshot wound and eventually died.
A vehicle matching the description of the ‘vehicle of interest’ was towed out of a Palmdale neighborhood on Monday morning
Authorities have offered a $250,000 reward in the hunt for a suspect
Clinkunbroomer was a third-generation deputy whose father and grandfather also served with the force. He is pictured with his fiancée
‘We´re going to catch the person who did this,’ Luna said Saturday night. ‘Because every resource that the Los Angeles County Sheriff´s Department has to bear is going after you.’
California governor Gavin Newsom called the killing ‘horrific, unconscionable, and shocking.’ He ordered flags at the state capitol flown at half-staff in honor of Clinkunbroomer.
Clinkunbroomer, who transferred to the Palmdale station in July 2018, was a third-generation officer who followed his grandfather and father into the sheriff´s department, Luna said.
‘In this time of mourning, we honor this legacy and send our deepest sympathies to Deputy Clinkunbroomer´s fiancée, his loved ones, and the men and women of the Los Angeles County Sheriff´s Department,’ Newsom said in a statement Sunday. ‘Deputy Clinkunbroomer´s devotion to community and country will never be forgotten.’
The sheriff said his department was working closely with representatives from the city of Palmdale, about 61 miles (98 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles.
‘Palmdale loves the sheriff´s deputies, and the deputies take very good care of Palmdale and love our community back,’ Mayor Laura Bettencourt said at the news conference. ‘The person that did this is a coward. and they will be caught.’
‘It is sickening, heartbreaking news,’ Republican state Sen. Scott Wilk, who represents Palmdale, posted Saturday evening on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.
California governor Gavin Newsom called the killing ‘horrific, unconscionable, and shocking’
Police cars block off a street where a sheriff’s deputy was shot while in his patrol car in Palmdale, Calif. on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Miguel Ruiz, center, and his wife, Sara, seated, attend a vigil in Palmdale, Calif., for Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Clinkunbroomer at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station on Sunday
A vigil for Clinkunbroomer was scheduled for Sunday evening outside the Palmdale sheriff’s station.
Deputy Clinkunbroomer had eight years of experience in the police force.
He transferred to Palmdale station in July 2018 and had been a field training officer for just under two years, training and supervising officers.
Clinkunbroomer had reportedly dropped a trainee off at the station before he was murdered.
Sheriff Luna said only ‘the best of the best’ became field training officers. He called the murder ‘senseless’ in a Facebook post.
‘From everything I know about Ryan, people absolutely loved and adored him,’ Luna wrote.
‘Service was running through his veins. He embodied the values of bravery, selflessness and was committed to justice.’
Clinkunbroomer was a third-generation deputy whose father and grandfather also served with the force.
A passerby found him unconscious near Palmdale Sheriff’s Station around 6pm. He was taken to a hospital where he later died from his injuries.
Following Clinkunbroomer’s death, police and fire staged a large procession for the fallen officer stretching from Lancaster to the Coroner’s Office in Boyle Heights.
Colleagues and members of law enforcement also left messages in his honor.
In a Facebook post, Palmdale’s Sheriff Station said they had lost ‘one of their own’ and that the deputy ‘excelled at everything he did.’
‘He was very thorough in his investigations, genuinely cared for the community he served, and he was always willing to help out his partners any time they needed it,’ the post read.
‘We are numb with grief and are grasping to come to terms with the fact that he has left a very big void within our station family.
‘Rest easy, our Hero, our friend, we’ll take it from here.’
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