According to authorities, a man with a violent criminal past shot and killed a Southern California sheriff’s deputy on Thursday during a traffic check. The suspect later died in a firefight on a motorway.
Just before 2:00 p.m., Isaiah Cordero, 32, had stopped a pickup truck. in Jurupa Valley city, east of Los Angeles.
At a news conference that evening, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco revealed that the car driver grabbed a revolver as he approached and shot the man.
Residents attempted to assist Cordero until paramedics arrived when a witness dialed 911, but he was later declared dead at a hospital.
The shooter became the target of a “massive manhunt,” and a chase on motorways through both counties ensued when he was found in nearby San Bernardino County.
The sheriff claimed that the truck continued to move despite two rear wheels being immobilized by a spike strip.
On television news, numerous California Highway Patrol and Sheriff’s Department cars were seen pursuing the truck.
According to Bianco, the truck eventually lost an axle, immobilized, and crashed on Interstate 15 in Norco.
“At the end of the pursuit, the suspect fired bullets at deputies” with a revolver, Bianco claimed, and they returned fire, killing him.
The suspect, William Shae McKay, 44, of San Bernardino County, was arrested numerous times for assault with a deadly weapon, including slashing a California Highway Patrol dog and has a lengthy and violent criminal history dating back to before 2000.
Cordero was a motorcycle cop assigned to Jurupa Valley, a city that contracts with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to provide police protection.
Jurupa Valley is located about 45 miles (72 kilometers) east of downtown Los Angeles.
Cordero joined the 4,000-member department as a correctional deputy, served in neighborhood jails, was sworn in as a deputy in 2018, and completed motorcycle deputy training in September, according to Bianco.
According to Bianco, Cordero “learned from his mother the value of serving and assisting people,” and his career ambition at the police department was to get to the position of motor deputy.
He represented our philosophy of service beyond self and was ‘naturally drawn to law enforcement,’ Bianco added.
Our deputies considered him their little brother since he liked to joke about the station.
According to the sheriff, McKay was sentenced to 25–life in state prison last year after being found guilty of a “third strike” offense; however, a San Bernardino County court reduced his bail, permitting his freedom, and then released him after an arrest for failing to appear for his sentencing.
According to Bianco, he should have received a 25-year sentence to life in prison right away. Bianco remarked, “If the judge had done her job, we wouldn’t be here today.
Several hours after the incident, a hearse carrying the deputy’s flag-draped casket from the hospital to the county coroner’s office was escorted by numerous motorcycle police officers and patrol cars.