Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer, 30, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy for eight years, died after he was shot inside his patrol car Saturday evening by an unknown assailant. The deputy was in uniform and on duty, he was just driving down the street when he was shot. Circumstances leading up to the shooting remain unclear. According to reports, a car approached the deputy’s patrol car, before firing into the cruiser, hitting the deputy. No suspect description was provided. The investigation is underway. “We really need your help. We need to get this guy off the street – guy or guys. He’s a public safety threat,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said. “Not just anybody becomes a field training officer,” Luna confirmed. “It’s usually the best of the best.”
Homicide investigators are aware of video from a surveillance camera that may have captured the shooting, Luna added. Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident is urged to contact homicide investigators at (323) 890-5500. Saturday’s shooting comes three years after two Los Angeles deputies were shot ambush-style at a train station while sitting in their patrol vehicle. 101 officers were shot, 15 of them fatally, in 2023.