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Riverside County Deputy Isaiah Cordero mourned by community and colleagues after he was killed by suspected killer William Shay McKay

Riverside County Deputy Isaiah Cordero mourned by community and colleagues after he was killed by suspected killer William Shay McKay

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) — Community members and law enforcement colleagues are mourning the loss of Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Isaiah Cordero, who was killed in the line of duty.

Loved ones brought flowers and candles in Cordero’s memory at a growing memorial for the beloved deputy at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Department on Friday – many hugging as tears fell.

Area resident Alicia Kaloka remembers Cordero as a joyful person who was always smiling and seemed happy.

The beloved lawmaker, 32, was shot and killed Thursday in the line of duty during a traffic stop. He had pulled over a pick-up shortly before 2pm in the Jurupa Valley. When he approached the vehicle, the driver pulled out a gun and shot him, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said at a news conference Thursday evening.

A witness called 911 and residents tried to help Cordero until paramedics arrived, but he was pronounced dead at a hospital.

A massive manhunt then began for the shooter spotted in San Bernardino County, sparking a highway chase through both counties. Spikes disabled two rear wheels, but the truck continued, the sheriff said.

News video showed dozens of California Highway Patrol and sheriff’s department vehicles, including an armored SWAT vehicle, chasing the truck.

On the 15 Freeway in Norco, the truck finally failed, lost an axle and crashed, Bianco said.

“At the end of the chase, the suspect fired at deputies” with a handgun and they returned fire, killing him, Bianco said.

The suspect, William Shay McKay, 44, of San Bernardino County, has a long and violent criminal history dating back to before 2000, including kidnapping, robbery and multiple arrests for assault with a deadly weapon, including a 2021 police chase. in which a California Highway Patrol dog was allegedly stabbed by McKay’s accomplice, the sheriff said.

William Shay McKay, 44, of San Bernardino County, is seen in a previous booking photo released by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

According to Bianco, McKay was convicted of a “third strike” felony last year that should have put him in state prison for 25 years to life, but a San Bernardino County judge reduced his bond, allowing him to be released, and later released him after being arrested for failure to appear for his sentence.

“He should have been sentenced immediately to 25 years to life,” Bianco said. We wouldn’t be here today if the judge had done his job. Bianco said.

Kaloka, who brought flowers Friday morning to the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Precinct to honor Cordero, believes the vice president’s death should not have happened.

“This could have been prevented. It just kind of makes you angry and a little bit more upset about what the system can be,” she said.

El Monte police officers delivered breakfast to the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Department. They understand the pain of this community.

“I felt like my heart dropped,” said Ruben Quintana of El Monte Police.

Back in June, Police Sergeant El Monte. Michael Paredes and Officer Joseph Santana were shot at a motel while investigating a crime.

“My heart goes out to them. If I had a magic wand, I would wave it and turn back time. But unfortunately life doesn’t work that way. All I can do is offer my support in any way I can,” Quintana said. “We mourn and mourn with them.

Cordero was a motorcycle police officer assigned to Jurupa Valley, a city that contracts with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for police services.

Cordero joined the 4,000-member department as a deputy corrections officer, has worked in local jails, became a sworn deputy in 2018 and completed motor school to become a deputy motorist in September, Bianco said.

Cordero “learned from his mother the value of serving and helping others,” and his goal with the department was always to become a deputy motorman, Bianco said.

“He was naturally drawn to law enforcement and certainly embodied our motto of service above self,” Bianco said. “He was a joker at the station and all our deputies thought of him as their little brother.”

In the hours after the shooting, dozens of police officers on motorcycles and patrol cars escorted a hearse transporting the lawmaker’s flag-draped casket from the hospital to the county coroner’s office.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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