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A 29-year-old man was arrested after barricading himself in a home for several hours before surrendering with weapons.

Authorities in the US city of Los Angeles have arrested a suspect in connection with the murder of a sheriff’s deputy who was ambushed and shot dead during a traffic stop, prompting a $250,000 reward for information.

Ryan Clinkunbroomer, 30, was shot while sitting in his patrol car at a red light just outside the sheriff’s station Saturday night in the town of Palmdale, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles on Sunday.

A 29-year-old man was arrested early Monday after barricading himself inside a home in the city of Palmdale for several hours before turning himself in with weapons, Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said at a news conference.

Officials identified the arrested suspect as Kevin Cataneo Salazar of Palmdale.

Luna said authorities have not yet determined a motive for Deputy Clinkunbroomer’s murder and described the situation as “fluid” and said there could be more arrests.

“I feel extremely confident that we have the right person in custody,” Luna said.

“Our officer was in uniform in a black and white marked police vehicle right in front of the station,” Luna said. “Why did he do this? I have no idea. Was it the goal? “I suppose it was, but… our intention is to find out.”

The suspect’s mother, Marle Salazar, told the Los Angeles Times that her son was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenic about five years ago.

“My son has a mental illness and if he did something, he was not of full mental capacity,” she said in an interview with the newspaper.

Clinkunbroomer had just left the sheriff’s station in Palmdale, a city of more than 167,000 residents in the high desert of northern Los Angeles County, when he was shot and killed. A passerby saw him and alerted the station staff.

The department later released grainy surveillance video of a dark sedan that pulled up next to the patrol car moments before the shooting.

Early Monday, a SWAT team from the department’s Special Enforcement Bureau served a search warrant at the residence and asked all occupants to leave, the sheriff said.

Family members came out but the suspect barricaded himself inside, he said. Officers used de-escalation techniques, including negotiators, before “deploying chemical agents” and the suspect surrendered, Luna said.

He did not identify the weapons seized.

Marle Salazar said she called officers at least twice in the past, asking for help when her son refused to take his medication and became aggressive toward himself. She said he had never hurt anyone before and that his aggression was always self-directed.

“I’ve called the police several times,” he told the Times. “In the end, they said, ‘He’s an adult, so if he doesn’t want to take (his medication), we can’t do anything.’”

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