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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

  • Cal911

    KTLA5, OMG SHUT THE HELL UP ON DORNER, YOU are saying to much on TV, don't you think that this SUSPECT has access to TV and listening to your broadcast? OMG get a CLUE, Yes the media has the right to know, but a crime in progress? This man is dangerous, but you are doing nothing but fueling the situation here. Why don't u just show where the officers are outside, let the suspect see whats going on? Then you talk about Tactics during the daytime and then possible NIGHT Time Tactics? Give all this a rest. Of course you're not listening to anyone from the messages. You do lots of assuming,, as for the smoke in the driveway, OMG it's a simple smoke device, get off this subject. REPORT REAL NEWS AND NOT SPECULATING NEWs, quit fueling this issue.

  • Lilly

    Is, so sad that all had to come to this!!! We all know there's truth to it. LAPD will NEVER admit to their wrongs. They're more good police officers than are bad outhere. Chris was one of the good ones. We all know this wont end up good at all. We also know they wont come clean as the real reason why he got fired. They're many GOOD Officers that have been fired for trying to be good. Chris just had the GUTS to come out and make it public… now all this people are paying for others that have used their badge for show off..

    • sotrue

      There are good police officers everywhere. Just not enough of them. And I hope my statements are offensive to all of you crappy, dishonest, oppressive boys in blue.

  • UNKNWNMXEKN

    DORNER WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS A TRUE & REAL CRUSADER FOR US WHO HAVE BEEN WRONGED BY ANY AND ALL CORRUPT; SO CALLED "COMMUNITY PROTECTORS"
    GOD BE WITH HIM!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    if what happened to him was true and he is a man of his word, he could have taken the high road. in fact, after failed appeals he could have gone to the media with his story and they would have jumped all over it because they love any opportunity to make police look bad. if he had no way of getting another job with the police dept he could have made bank being a security guard for some celebrity. he certainly is a smart and good looking man and has the right build for it. there were lots of other options for him. it's sad because he took other lives and in essence threw his own away and it didn't have to be this way. he chose the road he is on and sold his soul to the devil. i understand his anger, depression and resentment. lots of people have "unfair" things happen in life. i've had it happen in the job situation myself, more than once. but revenge is not the way to get your reputation back. looking at your situation as an opportunity to do something different in your life is how you may go places in life that you never thought possible. sadly this will not end well for him, and he had no right to the end the lives of the others. they are not his to take.

  • Beavus

    I think I'll hike in the back way and snipe from my vantage point. He's stuck in that deep valley with huge mountains all around. Now there is only one way out!

  • bluecup

    damn…..good luck Chris i am rooting for you……take as many of those assh$%es as possible….head shots and rib shots. your are my hero. i can only hope and pray for another person like him. to the police….hope he makes many more widows. you all deserve to have your families removed from the planet and let the cop live so everyday he feels the pain knowing his family paid the price for his actions.

  • Willie Walker

    Here in Chattanooga we only have TV coverage on CNN via Direct TV. As a native Californian, I know Big Bear very well. My daughter lived in Forest Falls nearby to the action going on. Thanks KTLA for your coverage…

  • Lilly

    Could have …should have would have….it to late for that. YES!! he will get cought when he's ready to get cought. He already told them what he wants… but they won't open the records, because they, know he din not lied.. Chris, wants other fellow Officers GOOD Officers to get respect. Chris is not out to get any of us. He wants LAPD to come out with the truth..

  • lady d

    My hear goes out to his mother who is going to have a heart attack after they kill her son to justify what they caused this youbg man to do. I am very upset that u didn't tie a better knot they where about to give up on the search in big bear I like u chis and will never forget you.

  • Canadian cousin

    Dorner is relaxing enjoying a nice steak dinner and the wonderful view from his cabin in big bear, when he is finished, uses the bathroom has his after dinner mint, he's going to re-load , wait for nightfall and then let the wing ding begin. LOL but sooooo sad !

  • Due dormer die

    Hes a gutless coward a total loser. He may be hero to a dumb azz simpleton like you but he was the kind of cop people like you whine about.

    Ambushing and killing 3 people shows he's a true coward.

    Failed career.

    Failed marriage.

    Blame everybody else for his failures and issues.

    Hopefully he will be dead soon his 15 minutes are up

  • guest

    So now another young 27 year old officer has lost his life while the Captains and Chiefs that created this mess huddle like cowards in their homes. Truly disgusting. God bless this officer. It just makes me sick these young men are given their lives for a department who treats their officers so badly.

  • Kharma knows

    He will not be the last officer to snap and honestly I'm surprised it took this long. The LAPD has been corrupt for decades and will continue to be, but honestly it's sad that it had to come to this. I know many who work for the LAPD and I'm sorry to say this doesn't surprise me in the slightest. It's not right but I doubt it's going to end here…. Very sad situation indeed.

    If people (LAPD) remembered that Kharma exists, they would stop doing the wrong that has been going on for decades….

    • michael wilson

      I could not agree more. What this man is doing is blatantly wrong, but the LAPD has been out of control for decades. The Watts riots of 1965, assassination of Bobby Kennedy and that coverup, Rodney King beating, blatant racism, attacks on the most peaceful of protesters a few years ago in the pro-life movement, leaving Reginald Denny to be beaten to near death, and most recently the insane attack last week on the two women delivering newspapers. The LAPD is a blemish to good cops trying to do their job across the country. The cowards who have been allowed to get away with these crimes, and so many more need to be called what they are, CRIMINALS.

  • Jack Hoffs

    Ah, well his goose is cooked if he's given up mobility and barricaded himself anywhere. I would find it hard to believe with an individual with his training would not know this. May God be with y'all out there, because if you're going to create human killing machines, ya better install stop buttons in them, otherwise this is what you get when they snap…

  • Anonymous

    Sad this comes to this. Dorner if his allegations were true, he had other outlets he could have used; Media.
    I believe there is a lot of truth on what he said on the manifesto and I believe there are a few bad cops within the LAPD. And the fact that the LAPD is reviewing his dismissal is very meaningful for us who are in doubt.

  • T.R.M.

    TO THE DORNER FAMILY GOD BE WITH YOU AND COMFORT YOU THROUGH THIS, WHAT CHRISTOPHER HAS DONE AD BELIEVES IN; IS WHAT MILLIONS OF US AROUND THE WORLD JUST DREAM OF AND WISH WE CAN DO HE WILL BE TRULY REMEMBERED AS SOME ONE WHO STOOD UP FOR THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT REALLY GOES ON IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND I PRAY AND HOPE THAT THINGS WILL CHANGE .JUST KNOW THAT YOUR SON CHRISTOPHER DID NOT DO ALL THIS IN VAIN, MANY EYES HAVE BEEN OPENED AND HOPE THAT THOSE WHO PUT A BLIND EYE FOR WHAT CHRISTOPHER IS FIGHTING FOR OPEN THEIRS UP FOR IT IS THEIR FAULT ALL THIS IS HAPPENING!!!!!!!!!!! GOD BLESS AND BE WITH THE DORNER FAMILY ALWAYS AND FOREVER…………………….

    • Guest

      I hope that you need law enforcement one day and that they don’t make it in time! You have no idea how many times they put themselves on the line every day!!! Because of Dorner four children will never know their fathers…. you’re an idiot!!!

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