The Latest: Murder charges in Palm Springs officers' deaths
October 12, 2016 - 11:22 AM
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Latest on the shooting deaths of two police officers in Palm Springs, California, (all times local):
California prosecutors have charged a man with murder in the ambush shootings of two Palm Springs police officers.
Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin announced that John Hernandez Felix was charged Wednesday with multiple felonies, including two counts of first-degree murder.
Attached to the murder charges are special-circumstance allegations of murder of a police officer in the line of duty, multiple murder and lying wait. He also will face three counts of attempted murder.
Investigators say Felix fired an AR-15 assault rifle through the screen door of his family's home Saturday, gunning down Officers Jose "Gil" Gilbert Vega and Lesley Zerebny as they answered a domestic disturbance call.
A memorial service for the slain officers will be held next Tuesday.
Riverside County prosecutors plan to file murder charges Wednesday against the man suspected of shooting two Palm Springs police officers.
The district attorney's office has scheduled an 11 a.m. PDT news conference to announce the charges against 26-year-old John Hernandez Felix.
Authorities say Felix fired an assault rifle through the screen door of his family's home Saturday, gunning down officers Jose Vega and Lesley Zerebny as they answered a domestic disturbance call.
Police say a memorial service for the slain officers will be held next Tuesday.
Felix previously served time in connection with a 2009 gang shooting. He was charged with attempted murder, but he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of assault with a gun.
He served 18 months of a four-year sentence and was paroled in 2011.
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