A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy, Jeremiah MacKay, 35, was shot and killed and his partner wounded February 12th in an exchange of gunfire with fugitive Christopher Dorner. MacKay suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Loma Linda Hospital where he died of his injuries.
MacKay’s death was part of an ongoing manhunt to locate Dorner following the suspect’s shooting spree in Los Angeles where he killed two civilians and a Riverside Police Officer and wounded another Riverside Officer and an LAPD Officer. Dorner was spotted in the San Bernardino mountains by Game Wardens and eventually tracked to a cabin where the Deputy was shot while trying to apprehend him. It was MacKay’s third day helping in the search for Dorner.
The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office said that investigators have located charred human remains in the debris of the burned-out cabin where law-enforcement officers exchanged gunfire with a suspect believed to be Dorner.
A detective with the sheriff’s office, MacKay joined the department in July 1998. He was also a field training officer with the department.
MacKay leaves behind a wife, a 7-year-old daughter and a 4-month-old son.