San Bernardino Sheriff’s Detective Jeremiah MacKay was the law enforcement officer killed Tuesday in an exchange of gunfire with Christopher Dorner.
MacKay, 35, had been a member of the department for 15 years, Sheriff John McMahon said Wednesday in identifying the deputy publicly.
The Redlands resident was a married father of two, a 7-year-old daughter and a 4-month-old son.
More than 3,500 people had “liked” a memorial page on Facebook for him by Wednesday afternoon.
MacKay was one of two deputies who were shot early Tuesday afternoon during an extended exchange of gunfire with fugitive ex-cop Dorner.
The second officer was seriously injured and could require multiple surgeries, but is expected to recover, McMahon said.
MacKay was quoted in a news story as calling the Dorner manhunt massive and tactically complex:
“This one you just never know if the guy’s going to pop out, or where he’s going to pop out. We’re hoping this comes to a close without more casualties. The best thing would be for him to give up,” MacKay said, according to the News1130 article.
Read complete coverage of the Dorner case here.