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San Bernardino Sheriff Identifies Slain Deputy

February 13, 2013  | 

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The San Bernardino County (Calif.) Sheriff Department identified Jeremiah MacKay as the deputy who was killed while attempting to apprehend fugitive ex-LAPD cop Chris Dorner.

Sheriff John McMahon confirmed the line-of-duty death at a 4 p.m. press conference Wednesday. Deputy Alex Collins was seriously wounded in the intense gun battle with Dorner at a remote Big Bear cabin.

Detective MacKay, 35, joined the department in 1998. He had served as a field training officer and was assigned to the Yucaipa Station. He was quoted in an Associated Press story on Saturday about the Dorner manhunt, reports the San Bernardino Sun.

"This one you just never know if the guy's going to pop out, or where he's going to pop out," he said. "We're hoping this comes to a close without more casualties. The best thing would be for him to give up."

Detective MacKay leaves behind a wife and two children.

Comments (8)

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Gary Dunsky @ 2/14/2013 3:50 PM

Thank you Deputy Mackay for you faithful service to us all. Travel peacefully now to the Lord, knowing the your department with miss you, and take care of your wife and children. You honored us all, and will serve as an example to those who are left to continue the job you so honorably discharged.

Robert Austin Allison @ 2/14/2013 5:01 PM

Sorry for your loss. Here's a poem I wrote,
hope this helps in this diffiicult time of sorrow, grief and remembrance.

Jack Lanier @ 2/14/2013 7:07 PM

Deputy MacKay unselfishly paid the ultimate sacrifice, but was so instrumental in bringing this volatile situation to a halt. May God bless and care for his family. He will never be forgotten! As a retired Police Supervisor, I know what it is like to lose someone on my team. It is something one never forgets. I pray for all of you in law enforcement, firefighting, and EMS daily.

Jim Davenport @ 2/14/2013 8:21 PM

Another tragic loss of a fellow officer. Prayers for peace and healing go out to family, friends and colleagues.

Tony @ 2/15/2013 7:32 AM

It is so terribly sad that a dedicated law enforcement officer had to lose his life to a sadistic revenge seeking nut.

Capt David-retired LA Cou @ 2/15/2013 8:48 AM

Dorner was not a nut...the hate in him just overtook any logic or rational emotions. Hate is a strong force...Be thankful this man did not maim or kill any more people.

Ima Leprechaun @ 2/20/2013 4:02 AM

My condolences to Deputy McKay's family and department.

Robert Braga @ 2/21/2013 10:10 PM

My wife and I give the McKay's family our condolences. Sorry for the loss of a great man to serve the SBSD. He's in god's place and will always be watching his family in peace. We never forget for the ones that loose there life in the line of duty. Prayer's are with the family's and everyone in the world that serve a purpose as a first responder to the citizens and the country.

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