Palm Springs shooting: Suspect's dad said he wanted to gun down cops

Suspect in 2 fatal Palm Springs police shootings taken into custody

In the minutes before three Palm Springs officers were shot, two fatally, the suspected gunman's father told a neighbor his son was armed, "acting crazy" and wanted to shoot police. John Felix, 26, was apprehended early Sunday after a lengthy standoff and faces charges including two counts of murder on a peace officer. His father, Santos Felix, warned a neighbor prior to the shooting Saturday afternoon, that his son, an admitted gang member, had a gun.

My son is inside and we're scared, he's acting crazy.

Santos Felix's warning to neighbor prior to shooting

Court records show Felix is a gang member who was previously sentenced to four years in prison in a failed murder plot in 2009. The slain officers are Jose "Gil" Gilbert Vega, a 35-year veteran who planned to retire in December, and Lesley Zerebny, 27, who had been with the department for about 18 months and recently returned from maternity leave after giving birth to a daughter. A third, unidentified officer also was wounded in the altercation.

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Man Arrested in Connection With Fatal Shooting of 2 Palm Springs Officers After 12-Hour Standoff

Police identified the suspect as John Felix, a 26-year-old resident of Palm Springs, who apparently has gang ties.