Early Monday morning, agents from the department’s Special Enforcement Bureau served a warrant at a residence in Palmdale and urged everyone in the house to come outside. Family members exited the home, but the suspect, Kevin Salazar, remained inside.
According to Luna, Salazar "chose to barricade himself and refused to come out." The standoff lasted for several hours and Special Enforcement Bureau officials used several methods of trying to get him out, including using hostage negotiators. Eventually, they deployed chemical agents in the residence and he eventually exited the house.
Once inside, investigators reportedly discovered "numerous firearms and the vehicle of interest," a gray Toyota Corolla.
Salazar was taken into custody "peacefully," which Luna said contrasted the way Clinkunbroomer was killed.
He said, "Our deputies gave this suspect an opportunity to peacefully give up. That is not the right that was afforded to our deputy three days ago across the street."
Luna said he does not believe there are any additional suspects, but he is still urging others to come forward with information.
On Saturday, Sept. 16, at approximately 6 p.m., 30-year-old Clinkunbroomer was in his patrol car at the intersection of Sierra Highway and Avenue Q when the suspect allegedly "ambushed" him during his "routine patrol duties." The shooting occurred near the Sheriff’s Department Palmdale Station.
He had been with the department for eight years.
Clinkunbroomer was shot in the head and a good Samaritan found him and called for help. Medics transported him to Antelope Valley Medical Center, where he died from his from his injuries.
Luna said during a press conference Saturday evening, "Our deputy never even had a chance. There was no warning. He was murdered while serving our community."
Clinkunbroomer got engaged just days before he was killed, according to Luna.
"He was just starting his life," he said.
Clinkunbroomer’s father and grandfather both worked for the department.
Luna said he believes Clinkunbroomer could have been shot "because he was in uniform," but officials were still looking into motive.