L.A. County sheriff’s deputy ASSASSINATED outside police station while driving his patrol car

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sought the public’s help in their investigation after a deputy was murdered in his patrol car — right outside the station.

(Video: KTLA 5)

Memorials poured in for 30-year-old Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer late Saturday after his end of watch was tragically pronounced just days after he and his girlfriend became engaged to be married. Though as yet unconfirmed by the LASD, media outlets circulated a video believed to capture the moment an unknown suspect drove up along side the deputy’s vehicle and fatally shot him in the back of the head.

The brief surveillance footage showed the suspect’s vehicle pull to the driver’s side of Clinkunbroomer’s patrol car where it paused before driving away as the deputy’s vehicle lurched forward.

According to the LASD, Clinkunbroomer, an eight-year veteran who had transferred to Palmdale station in 2018 where he had served as a field training officer for a year and a half, had been found in medical distress around 6 p.m. Saturday evening in front of the station.

He was then rushed to the Antelope Valley Medical Center in Lancaster where he succumbed to his injuries.

A memorial post on LASD Sheriff Robert Luna honored the values embodied by the fallen deputy. “I want to let…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.”

“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,” the sheriff continued.

“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,” noted Luna.” 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,” he expressed. “They deserve unwavering compassion, and we will do everything in our power to provide them with assistance and care.”

Members of law enforcement assembled to honor Clinkunbroomer as his remains were transported from the hospital to the LA County Coroner’s office. Along the route, residents also gathered to show their respect.

While speaking at a press conference following the deputy’s passing, Luna requested help from the public should anyone have information that would aid in their murder investigation.

“We really need your help. We need to get this guy off the street, guy or guys. He’s a public safety threat. He ambushed and killed, murdered, one of our deputies. We need your help to get him off the street,” said the sheriff.

Upon word of Clinkunbroomer’s death, others gathered on social media to share prayers for the victim and his family.

Kevin Haggerty

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