Cathedral City (Calif.) Police Officer Jermaine Gibson, who was killed late Friday when his cruiser struck a palm tree and burst into flames, was a former Marine who earned the Purple Heart.

Officer Gibson, 29, was killed in the accident in Palm Springs. He had a 4-week-old boy. He had served two tours in the Iraq War.

He was chasing a stolen Ford Mustang that also crashed and caught fire.

Read the full story at LATimes.com.

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