By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (Information):
Picture: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (Courtesy):
Yucca Valley, California: A sergeant from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Morongo Basin Station has died after being shot by the suspect at the end of a motorcycle police pursuit.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon said via video message on Twitter, 43 year old Sergeant Dominic Vaca was airlifted to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries on Monday, May 31st, 2021.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sergeant Dominic Vaca. pic.twitter.com/VCqSX7YfhF
— San Bernardino County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) June 1, 2021
“The gunshot wound he sustained earlier today was too severe for him to overcome. Our prayers are with him and his family as we all mourn this difficult time,” said San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon via video message on Twitter.
Dominic Vaca was a 17 year veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and was a sergeant at the Morongo Basin Station.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, shortly after 12:30 p.m. Monday, deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop after spotting the motorcycle without a license plate near the intersection of Paxton Road and Imperial Drive. The man on the motorcycle refused to pull over and a chase ensued.
During the pursuit, the suspect bailed out of the vehicle near Dumosa Avenue and Sunnyslope Drive and ran into the desert. A short time later, they located the motorcycle and the rider was gone.
As deputies approached the motorcycle and attempted to find the rider, he started firing at responding deputies, striking Vaca.
A short time later, the suspect was located and he started shooting at the additional deputies. They returned fire and the suspect is deceased. A handgun was found at the scene.
ZachNews and the community sends our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Sergeant Dominic Vaca. Thank you for your service to the community.