The Latest on the shooting of three police officers in Palm Springs (all times local):
Court records show the man suspected of fatally shooting two police officers and wounding another in Palm Springs, California, is a gang member who was previously sentenced to four years in prison in a failed murder plot.
The Desert Sun newspaper (http://desert.sn/2dCyJV8) cites documents that show 26-year-old John Felix was also the subject of a forceful arrest three years ago at the same house where Saturday’s shootings occurred.
Felix was charged with attempted murder in a 2009 shooting. Records show Felix pleaded down to assault with a firearm and admitted his gang connection.
A neighbor, Frances Serrano, tells The Associated Press she spoke to Felix’s father before Saturday’s shooting, and he said his son had a gun and wanted to shoot police officers.
Felix was arrested early Sunday after a lengthy standoff.
Authorities have identified the man suspected of fatally shooting two officers and wounding another in Palm Springs, California, and say he will be charged with two counts of murder on a peace officer.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department identified the man Sunday as John Felix.
Officials say he surrendered after a lengthy standoff. He was injured and treated at a hospital.
Palm Springs Police Chief Bryan Reyes identified the officers slain Saturday as Jose “Gil” Gilbert Vega and Lesley Zerebny.
Twenty-seven-year-old Zerebny had been with the department for about 18 months and recently returned from maternity leave after giving birth to a daughter. Vega was a 35-year veteran who planned to retire in December.
The wounded officer’s name was not released.
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