x

Society

Deputy, Suspect Killed in California Desert Shootout

YUCCA VALLEY, Calif. — A Southern California sheriff's deputy died after being shot by a suspect who was later killed in a shootout with deputies in a desert community east of Los Angeles, authorities said Tuesday. 

The events unfolded Monday afternoon when deputies tried to pull over a motorcycle without a license plate near Yucca Valley, said San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon. 

The motorcyclist sped away, ditched the bike and ran into open desert, McMahon said. 

As deputies searched the area, the suspect opened fire on them, McMahon said. One deputy was shot and airlifted to a hospital, where he died, McMahon said. 

He was identified as as Sergeant Dominic Vaca, 43. 

"Our prayers are with him and his family as we all mourn in this difficult time," McMahon said in a video statement.

McMahon said deputies found the gunman, who once again started shooting at them. Deputies returned fire and killed the suspect, who was not immediately identified. 

A handgun was recovered at the scene, officials said. 

Vaca was a 17-year veteran of the department assigned to the sheriff's department's Morongo Basin station, about 120 miles (193 kilometers) east of downtown Los Angeles. 

RELATED

AUSTIN, Texas — When Texas' new abortion law made no exceptions in cases of rape, Republican Gov.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

“We Got Our Miracle”: Freed Americans Back Home in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Two US military veterans who disappeared three months ago while fighting with Ukrainian forces against Russia arrived home to Alabama on Saturday, greeted by hugs, cheers and tears of joy at the state's main airport.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.