Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy fatally shot while sitting in his patrol car, days after getting engaged

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was killed when he was ambushed and shot in the head while sitting in his patrol car Saturday — four days after he had become engaged, police said.

Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer, 30, was discovered unconscious outside the Palmdale sheriff’s station at approximately 6 p.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said during a press conference late Saturday.


“I’m assuming at this point because he was in uniform. That, to me, is sickening,” Luna said.

The gunman remains at large as of Sunday morning.

The senseless slaying comes about four days after Clinkunbroomer had just become engaged to his girlfriend, the sheriff revealed.

Deputy Clinkunboomer’s car rolled forward following being shot. Police have opened an Investigation into the random killing.


“We’re gonna catch the person who did this,” Luna said. “Every resource that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has to bear is going after you.”

After waiting at a red light outside his police station, a random shooter shot and killed Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Clinkunboomer.

Law enforcement was seen blocking off a large area outside the station, located about 60 miles northeast of Downtown Los Angeles, with crime tape as they began their investigation into the unprovoked killing of the deputy.


In a security video released by Fox 11, a black car is seen pulling up next to the deputy’s patrol car moments before it’s believed he was senselessly shot.

Luna paused from reading his notes during the press conference to stress to the public for help identifying the suspect who pulled off the cold-blooded killing.

“We really need your help. We need to get this guy off the street. Guy or guys,” Luna stressed. “He’s a public safety threat. He ambushed and killed one of our deputies.”

Clinkunbroomer spent about eight years with the department and transferred to the Palmdale station in July 2018.


The officer had been a field training officer for nearly two years.

He was a third-generation LASD member, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.

“Just about everybody worked with his father,” Luna said of senior members in the LASD. “We’re hurting because we lost somebody. It always hurts.”

“They try to prepare you for this and no matter how much they do, it hurts bad.”