PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Two police officers were killed and a third injured in a shooting in California on Saturday afternoon.
The shooting happened around 1 p.m. when police responded to a domestic disturbance in Palm Springs.
"The officers, from what I understand, were at the front (door) trying to negotiate with the suspect to just comply," Palm Springs police Chief Bryan Reyes said. "It was a simple family disturbance and he elected to open fire on ... guardians of this city."
Police have surrounded the house and "they're treating it as if he's still in it," Reyes said.
The officers have been identified as Jose Gilbert Vega, a 35-year veteran officer working an overtime shift and Lesley Zerebny, 27, the mother of a 4-month-old child.
"Today Palm Springs lost two brave officers," Reyes said. "They go out every day and put their boots on the ground for everybody in this community. They gave it all for you."
The shooting comes just days after a Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant was shot and killed in the town of Lancaster.
On July 17, three officers were killed and three wounded by a gunman in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A week prior, five police officers were killed and seven injured in Dallas.
Palm Springs is about 100 miles east of Los Angeles.