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Police cars block a street where a sheriff’s deputy was shot while in his patrol car in Palmdale, California, Sunday, September 17, 2023.

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Police cars block a street where a sheriff’s deputy was shot while in his patrol car in Palmdale, California, Sunday, September 17, 2023.

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PALMDALE, Calif. — Authorities asked for the public’s help and offered a $250,000 reward as investigators searched Sunday for the gunman who shot and killed a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy while he sat in his patrol car at an intersection.

Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer, 30, died at a hospital after being found unresponsive in the vehicle while on duty around 6 p.m. Saturday in the city of Palmdale, Sheriff Robert Luna said.

Luna said he believed the shooting was a “targeted attack.” But the motive and whether the target was Clinkunbroomer or the department in general is still unknown.

“Without warning, he was murdered while serving our community,” an emotional Luna said at a news conference Sunday during which he urged any potential witnesses to contact detectives. “Please, I’m begging you. Someone has information. Make things right.”

This undated photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shows Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer.

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The department released grainy surveillance video of a dark-colored sedan that pulled up next to the patrol car moments before the shooting. Luna said investigators believe the “vehicle of interest” is a gray Toyota Corolla manufactured between 2006 and 2012.

Clinkunbroomer was found near the intersection of Sierra Highway and Avenue Q in Palmdale by a person Luna identified as a “good Samaritan” who alerted personnel at the city’s sheriff’s station.

The officer was taken to Antelope Valley Medical Center in Lancaster, where he was treated for a gunshot wound and ultimately died.

“We’re going to catch the person who did this,” Luna said Saturday night. “Because all the resources that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has to endure are coming after you.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom called the killing “horrible, unconscionable and shocking.” He ordered flags at the state Capitol to fly at half-staff in honor of Clinkunbroomer.

Clinkunbroomer, who transferred to the Palmdale station in July 2018, was a third-generation deputy who followed his grandfather and father to the sheriff’s department, Luna said.

“In this time of grief, we honor this legacy and send our deepest condolences to Deputy Clinkunbroomer’s fiancée, his loved ones, and the men and women of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department,” Newsom said in a statement Sunday. . “Deputy Clinkunbroomer’s devotion to community and country will never be forgotten.”

The sheriff said his department was working closely with representatives from the city of Palmdale, about 61 miles (98 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles.

“Palmdale loves its sheriff’s deputies, and the deputies take great care of Palmdale and love our community as well,” Mayor Laura Bettencourt said at the news conference. “The person who did this is a coward and will be caught.”

“This is disgusting and heartbreaking news,” Republican state Sen. Scott Wilk, who represents Palmdale, posted Saturday night on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

A vigil for Clinkunbroomer was scheduled for Sunday night in front of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.

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