NEWS ALERT: Suspect arrested after sheriff’s deputy murdered in horrific ambush at red light

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A person of interest has been detained in the fatal shooting of a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, law enforcement sources told ABC News.

Investigators described the Saturday night murder as an ambush.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer was fatally shot around 6 p.m. after a gray Toyota Corolla pulled up alongside the patrol car he was driving, investigators said.

The report explains that the shocking murder happened just outside the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station, as Deputy Clinkunbroomer was simply stopped at a red light in his sheriff’s department SUV.

The suspect shot the deputy, then drove away in the Carolla.  A “good Samaritan” noticed the deputy still sitting in his SUV unconscious and quickly notified authorities.

Clinkunbroomer, 30, was rushed to the hospital, but did not survive.  He had just gotten engaged four days earlier.

According to Fox News, sources said a close relative of the suspect contacted the sheriff’s department and provided details that allowed them to identify and arrest the suspect.

The suspect was described by Fox News as a “long-haired male, about 20-25 years old.”

Sunday afternoon, LA County Sheriff Robert Luna shared the following statement in a series of social media posts:

I want to let to our community know Deputy Clinkunbroomer left his family tonight to serve our community. He laid everything on the line to serve us. He wore a uniform just like other @LASDHQ deputies wear, driving in a police car, and he was senselessly murdered tonight.

Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer was 30 years old and an eight-year veteran of the LASD. He served the Palmdale and Antelope Valley communities with absolute distinction. He transferred to Palmdale station in July 2018. And has been a field training officer for 1 1/2 years.

From everything I know about Ryan, people absolutely loved and adored him. He wasn’t just one of our Deputy Sheriffs. He was a third generation deputy. His father and grandfather served with us.

Service was running through his veins. He embodied the values of bravery/selflessness & committed to justice. Our deputy was a devoted family member and a cherished community member. He was cowardly shot while working tirelessly to serve our community this evening.

Our hearts go out to his family. We cannot fully understand their pain, but we will stand with them in solidarity and support them during this difficult time. They deserve unwavering compassion, and we will do everything in our power to provide them with assistance and care.

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