Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy shot and killed while sitting in his patrol car, days after getting engaged

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy died Saturday when he was ambushed and shot in the head while sitting in his patrol car, four days after he committed himself, police said.

Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer, 30, was discovered unconscious outside the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station at approximately 6 p.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said during a news conference Saturday night.

Clinkunbroomer was rushed nearly 10 miles away to Antelope Valley Medical Center in Lancaster, where he was in critical condition before succumbing to his injury.

“I guess he was in uniform at this point. That, to me, is disgusting,” Luna said.

The gunman remains at large as of Sunday morning.

The senseless killing comes about four days after Clinkunbroomer just got engaged to his girlfriend, the sheriff revealed.

Officer Clinkunboomer's car moved forward after being shot.  Police have opened an investigation into the random murder.Officer Clinkunboomer’s car moved forward after being shot. Police have opened an investigation into the random murder. Youtube/Fox 11
Sheriff Robert Luna said during the press conference that he believes this may have been a targeted attack because Clickunboomer was in uniform.Sheriff Robert Luna said during the press conference that he believes this may have been a targeted attack because Clickunboomer was in uniform. Youtube/Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

“We’re going to catch the person who did this,” Luna said. “All the resources that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has to endure are coming after you.”

After waiting at a red light outside his police station, a random shooter unprovokedly shot and killed Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Clinkunboomer.After waiting at a red light outside his police station, a random shooter shot and killed Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Clinkunboomer.X/LACoSheriff

Law enforcement was seen blocking off a large area outside the station, located about 60 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, with duct tape as they began their investigation into the officer’s unprovoked killing.

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dramatic video recorded by a passerby It showed several patrol cars taking the officer to the hospital.

Palmdale Ca: Down Deputy (750 E Avenue Q at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station) Station Deputy. LASD units playing critical role for AVMC. Deputy at hospital requesting 4 additional units for hospital and 2 Lancaster units for Palmdale Sheriff pic.twitter.com/6DYW2LOnji

– ScannerAntelopeValley (@ImIntoFires) September 17, 2023

Investigators are analyzing video that shows a car slowly approaching behind an LASD car around the time the shooting occurred, Luna said.

Safety video reviewed by Fox News reporter Bill Melugin allegedly showed a black car pulling up next to the officer while he was in his patrol car stopped at a red light near the station.

Moments later, the black car drives away as the officer’s patrol car slowly moves forward before stopping, Melugin shared.

In security video posted by Fox 11, a black car is seen pulling up next to the officers' patrol car moments before he is believed to have been senselessly shot.In security video posted by Fox 11, a black car is seen pulling up next to the officer’s patrol car moments before he is believed to have been senselessly shot. Youtube/Fox 11

Luna stopped reading his notes during the press conference to ask the public for help in identifying the suspect who carried out the cold-blooded murder.

“We really need your help. We need to get this guy off the street. Boy or boys,” Luna stressed. “He is a threat to public safety. He ambushed and killed one of our helpers.”

Clinkunbroomer spent about eight years with the department and was transferred to the Palmdale station in July 2018.

Officers are seen lining up outside the hospital moments before the body of officers was brought in to pay their respects.Officers are seen lining up outside the hospital moments before the officer’s body was taken to pay their respects. X/Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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Deputy Clinkunboomer was a third generation LASD officer.Deputy Clinkunboomer was a third generation LASD officer. Instagram/Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

The officer had been a field training officer for almost two years.

He was a third-generation LASD member, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.

“Almost everyone worked with their father,” Luna said of the high-ranking members of the LASD. “We are suffering because we lost someone. “It always hurts.”

“They try to prepare you for this and no matter how hard they try, it hurts a lot.”

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