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No suspects found in deputy murder case, $250,000 reward offered

Sheriff Robert Luna announced during a live news conference Sunday that no suspects have been located in connection with the Saturday killing of Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer, a Santa Clarita Valley resident.

Clinkunbroomer, 30, was found by a good Samaritan unconscious and “in medical distress” in his patrol car Saturday around 6 p.m. near the intersection of Sierra Highway and Avenue Q, in front of the police station. Sheriff of Palmdale.

He was shot in the head and rushed to Palmdale Hospital. He succumbed to his injury on Saturday evening.

Security camera video revealed a vehicle approached the deputy’s patrol car, pulled up alongside it, stopped and then sped off.

The suspect’s vehicle was identified as a 2006-2012 Toyota Corolla, dark gray in color.

“The department has been working around the clock trying to find and locate the suspect, the suspects, there could be one, there could be two,” Luna said.

Luna said flyers will be distributed and posted asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect’s vehicle.

“I’ll tell you whoever did this, I would give in or give up real quick, we’re going to find you, every resource available is going to get you,” Luna said.

Luna urged the Palmdale community to check all of their cameras because they could reveal important new information about the case.

Clinkunbroomer was a uniformed deputy at the time of his murder, which Luna said could be why he was targeted. A motive has not yet been determined.

The investigation is ongoing at the time of this publication.

Anyone with information regarding Deputy Clinkunbroomer’s ambush can call 1-800-222-tips or the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

“Together we can ensure that the suspect responsible for this senseless shooting is held accountable for his actions,” Luna said.

Los Angeles County 5th District Supervisor Kathryn Barger was also at the press conference to offer condolences and support to all those affected.

“This was an unprovoked attack on an honorable public servant and an attack on the law enforcement community as a whole, make no mistake,” Barger said.

Barger said she will make a motion at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting to establish a $100,000 reward for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects.

“This heinous act will not go unpunished. Whoever committed this cowardly act will be arrested,” Barger said. “Justice must be done and it will be done. »

Palmdale Mayor Laura Bettencourt has pledged to match the county’s reward of $100,000.

“Our law enforcement needs our unwavering support more than ever right now,” Bettencourt said. “Let me be very clear, this was an act of murder.”

Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs’ Association President Richard Pippin has joined the reward and ALADS will contribute $50,000, bringing the total reward for information on Clinkunbroomer’s murder to $250,000 dollars.

A candlelight vigil is planned to honor his memory and will be held Sunday evening at 7 p.m. in front of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station, 750 E Avenue Q.

“The candlelight vigil will provide an opportunity for community members, law enforcement, friends and family to come together in a spirit of unity and support during this difficult time,” the city wrote from Palmdale on Instagram. “Candles will be provided to participants.”

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