LOS ANGELES (AP) — A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy killed in a shootout with a man believed to be fugitive former LAPD officer Chris Dorner had gone into the search happy to help his community but wary of the dangers.
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon identified the deputy Wednesday as Jeremiah MacKay, a man who grew up in the area and followed his father into public service.
MacKay suffered multiple gunshot wounds Tuesday and was transported to Loma Linda Hospital where he died of his injuries. He was 35.
MacKay was a detective who had been with the department for 15 years.
"My condolences go out to the MacKay family," said San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon. "This is truly another sad day for law enforcement. Our department is grieving from this event. It's just a terrible deal for all of us."
Another deputy, Alex Collins, was also hit by gunfire and remained hospitalized Wednesday after undergoing multiple surgeries. He was expected to make a full recovery, McMahon said.
MacKay's family is well known in the mountain community, according to locals. His father was a captain in the San Bernardino County Fire Department, and MacKay attended Rim of the World High School.
MacKay spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday while he was helping patrol the Big Bear Lake area for Dorner.
MacKay and his partner had been on duty since 5 a.m. and they were in good spirits. He stood by the door of his car, dressed in full tactical gear with a helmet and bulletproof vest. He took his Mini-14 rifle out and practiced sighting down its barrel, tucking it in against his shoulder and aiming playfully at a snowdrift.