SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) – A procession and memorial service were being held Friday for San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dominic Vaca, who was shot and killed in the line of duty last month.
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The procession for Vaca began before 7 a.m. at the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office.
Vaca’s body was transported to the Glen Helen Amphitheatre, where the memorial was being held.
Following the service, a procession will take Vaca’s body to the Riverside National Cemetery.READ MORE: Possible Lakewood Home Depot Robbery Suspects Arrested in Beverly Hills
Major delays are expected between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the southbound 215 Freeway in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The following sections of the freeway will be closed during this hour:
- Interstate 215 at State Route 210 (SR-210 will be closed for merging traffic onto I-215 Southbound)
- Interstate 215 at Interstate 10 (I-10 will be closed for merging traffic onto
- Interstate 215 at Interstate 215/State Route 60 – Riverside Interchange (SR-60 eastbound merging onto I-215 southbound and State Route 91 eastbound merging onto I-215 will be closed)
On the afternoon of May 31, the 43-year-old Vaca was wounded when a suspect opened fire in the Yucca Valley desert following a motorcycle pursuit.
Vaca, a 17-year veteran of the department, was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he died. He is survived by his wife and two children.MORE NEWS: Fox, Hield Lead Kings Over Lakers 141-137 In Triple OT
After Vaca was wounded, his fellow deputies returned fire and killed the suspect, Bilal Winston Shabazz of Lancaster.