A man has been arrested in the shooting death of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer, officials announced Monday.
The man was identified as Kevin Salazar, 29. He was taken into custody early Monday morning after a standoff that lasted several hours.
Clinkunbroomer was found unconscious and suffering from gunshot wounds in his squad car near the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station at the intersection of Sierra Highway and Avenue Q around 6 p.m. Saturday.
He was pronounced dead after being taken to the Antelope Valley Medical Center.
“He embodied the values of bravery, selflessness and an absolute commitment to justice,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said during a Saturday night press conference. “Our deputy was a devoted family member and a cherished member of our community who was cowardly shot while working tirelessly to serve our community. Our hearts absolutely go out to his family.”
Sheriff’s officials said Clinkunbroomer was ambushed and killed for no apparent reason.
Clinkunbroomer had been engaged to his fiancée for just four days before his death.