Somber police salute slain California officers

A citizen lights candles at a memorial for two slain police officers in Palm Springs, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. Police Chief Bryan Reyes says three officers in Palm Springs, California were trying to resolve a family dispute Saturday when a man fatally shot two of them and wounded the third. (AP Photo/Robert Jablon)

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of police officers, several fighting back tears, are giving somber salutes as the bodies of two Palm Springs officers killed Saturday are loaded into hearses for transfer to a coroner’s office.

The officers and numerous civilians gathered Saturday night outside the Palm Springs Desert Regional Medical Center, where Officers Lesley Zerebny and Jose Gilbert Vega died of their wounds.

The officers’ flag-draped coffins were wheeled out of the hospital and gently placed in white hearses.

A third officer remains at the hospital, being treated for gunshot wounds.

Meanwhile, SWAT officers have surrounded a home where the shooting took place Saturday afternoon. They believe the gunman may still be inside.

ying to resolve things when he suddenly opened fire on them.

The chief, his voice breaking, identified the fatally wounded officers as Jose Gilbert Vega and Lesley Zerebny. He did not disclose their rank or any other information about them.

Reyes said the gunman was still at large and may still be in the home where the shooting occurred.

He said he would release more information later.

 

In this undated photo released by the Palm Springs Police Department shows slain officer Lesley Zerebny, 27, who was killed in the line of duty Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. She was married with a four-month-old daughter. (Palm Springs Police Department via AP)
In this undated photo released by the Palm Springs Police Department shows slain officer Lesley Zerebny, 27, who was killed in the line of duty Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. She was married with a four-month-old daughter. (Palm Springs Police Department via AP)
In this photo released by the Palm Springs Police Department shows slain officer Jose "Gil" Gilbert Vega, a 35 year veteran who was killed in the line of duty Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. Vega, the father of eight, planned to retire in December. (Palm Springs Police Department via AP)
In this photo released by the Palm Springs Police Department shows slain officer Jose “Gil” Gilbert Vega, a 35 year veteran who was killed in the line of duty Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. Vega, the father of eight, planned to retire in December. (Palm Springs Police Department via AP)

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