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Deputy Killed in Shootout with Dorner Identified

YUCAIPA, Calif. (KTLA) — Funeral services are still pending for Jeremiah MacKay, the San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy killed in the final gun battle with Christopher Dorner.

Hundreds of rounds were fired on Tuesday as deputies surrounded a cabin in Seven Oaks where Dorner was believed to be holed up.

deputy-mackayTwo deputies were hit and were airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where McKay later died from his wounds.

MacKay, 35, leaves behind two children, a 7-year-old daughter and a 4-month-old son.

His body has been moved from the coroner’s office to Mountain View Mortuary.

The sheriff’s department had a small service on Thursday with color guard and bagpipes, then the procession to the mortuary was led by deputies on motorcycles.

MacKay joined the sheriff’s department in July 1998, and he was also a field training officer with the department.

He was also a sergeant-at-arms for the Inland Empire Emerald Society, a charity that benefits the families of fallen soldiers.

MacKay was a sheriff’s deputy based out of Yucaipa, and he graduated from Rim of the World High School in 1995.

“He was just a good man, and it’s sad to see that his life was taken by someone else,” neighbor Robert Aguilar said.

“The fact that he just had a child about four months ago, and he was so happy with the little boy.”

Aguilar said that, just a few days ago, the two had a conversation about former LAPD officer and accused killer Christopher Dorner.

“He was hoping that it wouldn’t end like this. He was hoping that he would jsut surrender,” Aguilar recalled.

MacKay also spoke about the dangers of the Dorner manhunt with reporters on Saturday.

“This one you just never know if the guy’s going to pop out, or where he’s going to pop out,” Jeremiah MacKay told the Associated Press.

“We’re hoping this comes to a close without more casualties,” he said. “The best thing would be for him to give up.”

The other deputy, identified as Alex Collins, underwent surgery Tuesday afternoon and is expected to be okay.

355 comments

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  • Jerry

    It would be nice if you could add a little extra to the title like 'alledged' as no one knows if that's him. The media isn't even speculating, just outright accuse him.

  • Who cares

    Cops are looking stupid on their behalf. They are saying they didn’t “intentionally” light the cabin on fire when they really did. If you were actually listening to a police scanner as I was you could hear the conversation with the whole police department saying to burn down the cabin. Smh what a coward move they did. You arnt a cop to be scared!

    • Kellen

      Good I wish I could have roasted marshmellows and then pissed on Dorner

      Rot in hell you loser who blamed everybody else for your problems

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  • DISGUSTED

    YOU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS ARE SHAMEFULL. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT YOU SAY AND INFER. YOU ARE WITHOUT HEART, SOUL OR HONOR. YOU PROFESS TO HONOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN LAW ENFORCEMENT BUT YOU DISHONOR THEM WITH ALMOST EVERY WORD.

  • KARMA

    AS FOR ALL YOU THAT COMMENT ABOUT LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE NEGATIVE AND HATEFULL WAYS TOU HAVE, YOU ARE AS DESPICABLE AND EVIL AS THE MURDERER HIMSELF. YOU ARE COWARDS WITHOUT A SOUL. MAY YOU ALL EXPIRENCE WHAT YOU SPEW FROM THE FILTH OF YOUR OWN HATE.

  • guest

    He had no intend of hurting the couple nor did he made it hard for them to escape. Beside he left the cell phone. In his desperate escape, he did allow the second gentlemen and his dog to live. In his manifesto mind anyone that was in uniform authority or related to his case was unfortunately was in serious danger.

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