L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Killed in Apparent Ambush

A shocking and cowardly act has claimed the life of a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy. Now, authorities are asking for the public’s help identifying the perpetrator.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer was stopped at a red light outside the Palmdale sheriff’s station Saturday evening when someone pulled up beside him in a grey Toyota Corolla and shot him in the head. Clinkunbroomer later died of his injuries.

“Somebody decided to shoot and murder him, I’m assuming at this point, because he was in uniform,” said L.A. County Sheriff Robert Luna

The 30-year-old deputy was a third-generation law enforcement officer who had been with the department for eight years.

“His father served with us. His grandfather served with us,” Luna added. “He had so much ahead of him, and this coward, or cowards, took his life while he was sitting at a red light, waiting to serve his community.”

Clinkunbroomer had just proposed to his finace in the days before his murder.

Authorities are asking for the public’s help identifying Clinkunbroomer's killer. The county is offering a $250,000 reward for information.

“This heinous deed will not — will not — go unpunished,” said County Supervisor Kathryn Barger. “Whoever committed this cowardly act will be caught.”

The Toyota Corolla that was used in the crime is believed to been manufactured between 2006 and 2012. Authorities are asking people in the Palmdale area to look over video footage from their cars, homes, businesses or cellphones to see if there is a car matching that description, or if anything suspicious stands out. Information should be forwarded to homicide investigators at (323) 890-5500 or CrimeStoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

Update: Deputies have made an arrest.