Prosecutors file murder charges against suspect in shooting of 2 Palm Springs police officers

Posted at 10:40 AM, Oct 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-12 14:52:03-04

California 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.