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Riverside Country Sheriffs Deputies walk along a street 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)

A man suspected of shooting and killing two California cops was arrested


A man suspected of shooting and killing two Palm Springs, Calif. police officers was arrested early Sunday morning. 

The suspect was identified as John Felix, 26. He surrendered peacefully, according to a Riverside County sheriff's statement.

Jose "Gil" Vega, a 35-year veteran of the department, and Leslie Zerebny, 27, were shot and killed Saturday. 

Police operated a robot to open the door into Felix's house before arresting him just before 1 a.m. Pacific time.

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.  

GALLERY: Here are the photos of Vega and Zerebny, as well as scenes from a vigil after the shooting and the police's pursuit.

Here's the press conference where Palm Springs police announced the officers' death.

This is shocking, a blow to the entire department and community.
Lee Weigel, former Palm Springs police chief

Zerebny was the mother of a four-month-old child. Vega was a 35-year department veteran who was set to retire in December, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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