Detective Killed in Dorner Shootout Honored With Highway Dedication

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A portion of State Highway Route 30 was dedicated on Wednesday to Jeremiah MacKay, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department detective who was killed by Christopher Dorner.


San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Detective Jeremiah MacKay in a photo shown during his memorial service.

MacKay died in a gun battle with the former Los Angeles Police Department officer, who was holed up in a cabin in the Big Bear area when the shootout took place on Feb. 12, 2013.

MacKay was at a “tremendous disadvantage” during the gunfight, but he “remained because it was his duty … to place his life at risk to stop an evil man,” San Bernardino Sheriff John McMahon said following the incident.

Following his death, close friend and fellow Deputy Roger Loftis spoke about MacKay’s determination to find and confront Dorner.

“Jeremiah told me sometime back that he was going to catch that guy. Last time I talked to him, he told me that. And he did,” Loftis said.

The portion of State Highway Route 30 from post mile 24 to post mile 29 was dubbed the “Jeremiah MacKay Memorial Highway” during Wednesday’s ceremony at the Yucaipa Community Park Amphitheatre, located at 39900 Oak Glen Road in Yucaipa (map).

MacKay, a 14-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, was survived by his wife Lynette, daughter Kaytlin, and son Cayden James, according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

He attended Rim of the World High School in Lake Arrowhead, according to the San Bernardino County website.

“The signs will be a constant reminder of the dedication and sacrifice Detective MacKay gave to this community and the public as a whole. His memory will not be forgotten,” Sheriff McMahon stated in the news release.