Prosecutors charge suspect with murder in ambush shootings of 2 Palm Springs police officers

Authorities said John Felix (right) shot and killed Palm Springs officers Jose Vega and Lesley Zerebny on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. (KABC)

Riverside County District prosecutors have charged a man with murder in the ambush shootings of two Palm Springs police officers.

Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin announced that John Hernandez Felix was charged Wednesday with multiple felonies, including two counts of first-degree murder.

Attached to the murder charges are special-circumstance allegations of murder of a police officer in the line of duty, multiple murder and lying wait. He also will face three counts of attempted murder.

Investigators say Felix fired an AR-15 assault rifle through the screen door of his family's home Saturday, gunning down Officers Jose "Gil" Gilbert Vega and Lesley Zerebny as they answered a domestic disturbance call.

A memorial service for the slain officers will be held next Tuesday.


The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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