Two Palm Springs, Ca., police officers were fatally shot and another wounded Saturday while responding to a domestic disturbance call. Just before 1 a.m. Sunday, more than 12 hours after the shooting, the suspect was taken into custody, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said John Felix, 26, is being charged with murder of a peace officer. In the minutes before the officers were shot, Felix’ father told a neighbor his son was armed, “acting crazy” and wanted to shoot police, CBS News reports.
The officers went to the scene shortly after noon, police said. They tried to make contact with the suspect, who threatened to shoot the officers through the front door. “They were responding to a simple family disturbance and [the gunman] elected to open fire,” said Police Chief Brian Reyes. He identified the two officers Jose “Gil” Vega, a 35-year veteran of the department who was due to retire in December, and Lesley Zerebny, the mother of a 4-month-old. The third officer, who was being treated at a hospital, was doing well and was helping investigators.