Palmdale Deputy Murder Suspect Claimed He Was Schizophrenic and Threatened Suicide to Hostage Negotiators Shortly Before Arrest

Thirty-six hours after the murder of deputy sheriff Ryan Clinkunbroomer, a person of interest who investigators believe to be the killer, is in custody.

Yesterday after 4pm community members came forward with information to LASD Homicide investigators to help identify the suspect and the vehicle.

LASD Special Enforcement Bureau (SWAT) arrived hours later and served a warrant during the operation deputies surrounded the residence on Barrinson St. calling out the occupants. The suspect barricaded himself for several hours.

SEB deputies attempted to use multiple deescalation techniques, including hostage negotiators. The suspect claimed he suffered from Schizophrenia (the mental illness claim was quickly debunked) and threatened suicide before deputies deployed chemical agents, specifically “hot gas” which was successful in forcing the suspect out of the residence.

Deputies seized multiple firearms and the vehicle described at the scene of Clikunbroomer’s murder.

The suspect, identified as 29-year old Kevin Cataneo Salazar was peacefully taken in to custody at approximately 5:00 AM by LASD and held at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.

LASD Palmdale deputies and Clinkunbroomer’s partners were directly involved with locating the suspect. Sheriff Luna stated at a press conference today they believe “no other suspects involved in this incident”.


Suspect Kevin Salazar moments after his arrest for the murder of Deputy Sheriff Ryan Clikunbroomer.

Clinkunbroomer, 30, was found unconscious and suffering from gunshot wounds in his squad car near the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station at the intersection of Sierra Highway and Avenue Q around 6 p.m. Saturday.

He was pronounced dead after being taken to the Antelope Valley Medical Center.

Clinkunbroomer followed his father and grandfather into law enforcement, with eight years at LASD, spending the last year and a half as a training officer.

Luna said detectives are still working the case, and anyone with additional video from the area at the time of the shooting is asked to contact them at 323-890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.



Cece Woods

The Current Report Editor in Chief Cece Woods started The Local Malibu, an activism based platform in 2014. The publication was instrumental in the success of pro-preservation ballot measures and seating five top vote-getters in the Malibu City Council elections.

During the summer of 2018, Woods exposed the two-year law enforcement cover-up in the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings, and a few short months later provided the most comprehensive local news coverage during the Woolsey Fire attracting over one million hits across her social media platforms.

Since 2020, Woods was the only journalist reporting on the on-going public corruption involving former L.A. Metro CEO Phil Washington. Woods worked with Political Corruption expert Adam Loew, DC Watchdog organizations and leaders in the Capitol exposing Washington which ultimately led to the withdrawal of his nomination to head the FAA.

Woods also founded Malibu based 90265 Magazine and Cali Mag devoted to the authentic southern California lifestyle.

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