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.
Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer, 30. Was ambushed near the police station while on duty today. He was shot in the back of the head, he did not survive. #palmdale #LosAngeles #California #officerinvolvedshooting this is the surveillance video. pic.twitter.com/kjfuMGYt2A
— Holly Wood (@hollywood857) September 17, 2023
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.”
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. pic.twitter.com/Jqc2sSB63c
— Robert Luna (@LACoSheriff) September 17, 2023
“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.”
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.
— Robert Luna (@LACoSheriff) September 17, 2023
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.
— Tim Conway Jr Show (@ConwayShow) September 17, 2023
— Sal (@news__dude) September 17, 2023
The saddest thing to watch. Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer procession to Downtown Los Angeles #LASD #deputy #deputyryanclinkunbroomer @ABC7 @ABC @MYFOXLA @UnivisionNews @Univision34LA @NBCLA @KTLA @KTLAMorningNews @KTLAnewsdesk @GMA @LASDHQ @FoxNewsSunday @cnnbrk @CNN @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/fZqV00oOmP
— AV Bargains (@AV_Bargains) September 17, 2023
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.
May St Michael greet him at Heaven’s Gate, the good Lord forgive all sin and grant him eternal life
— Jim Puleo (@jim_puleo) September 17, 2023
Love and prayers from Arkansas!
— Dewayne Standridge (@dewayne72601) September 17, 2023
Rest in Peace Deputy Clinkunboomer May God Bless you and your family
— Michael Galea (@MichaelGalea5) September 17, 2023
Hero never forgotten. Prayers to family blood and blue.
— Brenda R (@bsgrandma49) September 17, 2023
Rest In Peace my brother. You were way too young and served your community. I’m praying for you.
— Cris (@TexSo22) September 17, 2023
This is terrible. My best wishes and solidarity to the officer’s family, friends, and partners. He was a gallant and devoted officer who risked his life to secure and serve. May he be respected and cherished.
— Shivam Kahar (@ishivamkahar) September 17, 2023
— Cas❤️Cassian (@Lovekyle2009) September 17, 2023
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