A Los Angeles police officer was gunned down in his patrol car in what authorities say was an “unprovoked execution" simply because he was “in uniform.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, a bystander found 30-year-old Deputy Ryan "Clink" Clinkunbroomer unresponsive in his squad car Saturday evening around 6 p.m. with an apparent gunshot wound. He was rushed to a nearby hospital but didn’t survive.
Police haven’t identified a suspect yet, but said evidence suggests the officer was shot and killed simply because he was a cop. Authorities added they have a video showing a car pulling up alongside Clinkunbroomer’s vehicle, which had just left a nearby police station and was sitting at an intersection in Palmdale. The video reportedly shows the unidentified car reportedly pausing for a moment before speeding away. Police say they've got few leads and are relying on the public to help them identify Clinkunbroomer's shooter, offering a reward of up to $250,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the killer.
“He was just driving down the street, and for no apparent reason — and we’re still looking into the specific reasons — somebody decided to shoot and murder him,” Sheriff Robert Luna said during a press conference Saturday night.
Clinkunbroomer, a third-generation deputy, had been with the department for eight years and had just gotten engaged four days before his murder.