Pasadena Chief of Police Gene Harris publicly issued his condolences to the family of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy, Ryan Clinkunbroomer, who was killed in an ambush in Palmdale on Sunday. The deputy was shot at close range while in his patrol car, stationed in front of a police station.
“I wish to send my personal heartfelt condolences to the Family of Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in the wake of this heinous and cowardly murder,” Harris wrote on the Pasadena Police Dept.’s social media.
“It is a tragedy when anyone’s life is senselessly and needlessly taken, and is especially worrisome, when the victim is a public servant voluntarily standing as guardian of the community because, in effect, that means that no one is safe.”
Harris called Deputy Clinkunbroomer a hero and said he will always be remembered.
Harris also spoke to all Pasadenans directly.
“Your brave public servants will continue to answer the call and serve as guardians of our Community. We appreciate your support and ask for your thoughts and prayers for Deputy Clinkunbroomer and his family.”
As of now, the search for the killer is ongoing, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. , although the Los Angeles Times has reported a person of interest may have been identified. Authorities seek any information that could lead to the apprehension of the person responsible for the murder.
Chief Harris urged anyone with information to pass it to authorities.
“Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the LASD Palmdale Station at (661) 272-2400 or report information anonymously by contacting “Crime Stoppers” at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), via your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google Play or the Apple App Store, or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.”