JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. — A Southern California sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed Thursday by a person with a violent felony historical past throughout a visitors cease and the suspect later died in a shootout on a freeway, authorities mentioned.
Isaiah Cordero, 32, had pulled over a pickup truck simply earlier than 2 p.m. within the metropolis of Jurupa Valley, east of Los Angeles. As he approached the car, the motive force pulled a gun and shot him, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco mentioned at a night information convention.
A witness known as 911 and residents tried to assist Cordero till paramedics arrived however he was pronounced lifeless at a hospital.
A “huge manhunt” then started for the shooter and he was noticed in neighboring San Bernardino County, sparking a chase on freeways via each counties. A spike strip disabled two rear wheels however the truck stored going, the sheriff mentioned.
TV information confirmed dozens of Sheriff’s Division and California Freeway Patrol vehicles chasing the truck.
On Interstate 15 in Norco, the truck lastly grew to become disabled, shedding an axle, and crashed, Bianco mentioned.
“On the conclusion of the pursuit, the suspect fired rounds at deputies” with a handgun they usually shot again, killing him, Bianco mentioned.
The suspect, William Shae McKay, 44, of San Bernardino County, had an extended and violent felony historical past stretching again to earlier than 2000 that included kidnapping, theft and a number of arrests for assault with a lethal weapon, together with the stabbing of a California Freeway Patrol canine, the sheriff mentioned.
Cordero was a bike officer assigned to Jurupa Valley, a metropolis about 45 miles east of downtown Los Angeles that contracts with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Division for policing companies.
Cordero joined the 4,000-member robust division as a corrections deputy, labored in native jails, grew to become a sworn deputy in 2018 and accomplished motor faculty to develop into a bike deputy in September, Bianco mentioned.
Cordero “discovered from his mom the worth of serving and serving to others” and his objective on the division was all the time to develop into a motor deputy, Bianco mentioned.
“He was naturally drawn to legislation enforcement and definitely embodied our motto of service above self,” Bianco mentioned. “He was a jokester across the station and all of our deputies thought-about him their little brother.”
The sheriff mentioned McKay had been convicted of a “third strike” offense final yr that ought to have put him in state jail for 25 years to life however a San Bernardino County choose lowered his bail, permitting his launch, and later launched him following an arrest for failing to seem at his sentencing.
“He ought to have been instantly sentenced to 25 years to life,” Bianco mentioned. “We might not be right here as we speak if the choose had performed her job.” Bianco mentioned.
A number of hours after the capturing, dozens of bike officers and patrol vehicles escorted a hearse transporting the deputy’s flag-draped casket from the hospital to the county coroner’s workplace.