An overnight procession honored the sacrifice made by Sgt. Dominic Vaca, a San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department employee who served for 17 years. He was a sergeant at the Morongo Basin Station. Vaca was killed in a shooting in Yucca Valley on Memorial Day.
"We appreciate the outpouring of support and prayers for Sergeant Vaca, his family, and our department," a tweet from the Sheriff's Department read.
A procession for a true hero—— San Bernardino County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) June 1, 2021
We appreciate the outpouring of support and prayers for Sergeant Vaca, his family, and our department. pic.twitter.com/3IDDbam2Dp
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sergeant Dominic Vaca. pic.twitter.com/VCqSX7YfhF— San Bernardino County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) June 1, 2021
Area police department and area District Attorney's Offices added condolences on social media Tuesday. Law enforcement agencies from across the nation also echoed the sentiment, sending thoughts and prayers to those mourning Sgt. Vaca.
Our hearts are heavy as we share the news that @sbcountysheriff Sergeant Dominic Vaca has died. Sergeant Vaca served the people of San Bernardino County for 17 years and was assigned to the Morongo Basin Station. #LODD #PeaceOfficer #DeputySheriff #SanBernardinoCounty #RIP pic.twitter.com/omrmzZIREV— San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office (@sbcountyda) June 1, 2021
The incident began at around 12:33 p.m. Monday when deputies spotted a man driving a motorcycle without license plates in the area of Paxton Road and Imperial Drive, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said.
The deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the motorcyclist but they failed to yield and pursuit ensued. The pursuit ended when the driver bailed out of the motorcycle in the area of Dumosa and Sunnyslope Drive and ran into an open desert area nearby.
McMahon said the deputies spotted the abandoned motorcycle and when they searched the area, the suspect started shooting at the responding deputies.
A deputy was struck by the gunfire. He was airlifted to the hospital and was initially reported as being in serious condition, McMahon announced.
McMahon said deputies were able to locate the suspect, who once again started shooting at them. Deputies returned fire and killed the suspect.
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon confirmed early Tuesday morning the deputy shot during the pursuit was pronounced dead at a hospital.
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