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Riverside Country Sheriffs Deputies stand near the scene of a shooting in Palm Springs, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. Palm Springs police officers trying to resolve a family dispute were shot to death Saturday when a man they had been speaking calmly with suddenly pulled out a gun and opened fire on them, the city's police chief told reporters. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Peña)

Two police officers were killed in an officer-involved shooting in Palm Springs


Three police officers were shot and two have died after officers in Palm Springs, California, responded to a call about a man who reportedly "wanted to shoot cops,"  reports The Desert Sun.

Jose "Gil" Vega, a 35-year veteran of the department, and Leslie Zerebny, 27, have passed away after being transported to the hospital. The third officer shot is awake and talking. 

Dozens of armored police are currently searching for the shooter. The suspect is still at large. 

WATCH: A Palm Springs Police Department press conference. 

There was a huge police presence in the area. 

Palm Springs Police Chief Brian Reyes said in a press conference that police received a call from the parents of the suspected shooter. Two officers responded to what they thought was a family disturbance. 

They were threatened through the door of the home and were trying to negotiate with the supposed shooter. 

Frances Serrano, who lives directly across from the site of the shooting, told The Desert Sun that the father of the suspected shooter came to her house and asked for help. 

The father told Serrano that his son, who has mental issues, had a gun and wanted to shoot police officers. 

Serrano called police and they responded. Soon after, she heard gunshots. 

This footage appears to show one victim being put in an ambulance. 

Over a dozen police cars, three fire engines, and a SWAT truck arrived at the scene. 

Officers are confident they are dealing with a single shooter. The homicide unit has been called in at the crime scene. 

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