RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC)– A Riverside County sheriff’s deputy was shot dead by a man with a violent history during a traffic stop on Thursday, and the suspect later died in a shooting on a freeway, authorities said.
Isaiah Cordero, 32, had stopped a pickup truck in the town of Jurupa Valley just before 2 p.m. As he approached the vehicle, the driver pulled out a gun and shot him, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said at an evening news conference.
A witness called 911 and local residents tried to help Cordero until paramedics arrived, but he was pronounced dead at a hospital.
A “massive manhunt” then began for the shooter and he was sighted in San Bernardino County, sparking a freeway chase through both counties. A spike strip locked two rear wheels, but the truck kept going, the sheriff said.
The news video showed dozens of California Highway Patrol and Sheriff’s Department vehicles, including an armored SWAT vehicle, chasing the truck.
The truck eventually became disabled on Freeway 15 in Norco, lost an axle and fell, Bianco said.
“At the end of the pursuit, the suspect fired a pistol at the deputies and they shot back, killing him,” Bianco said.
The suspect, William Shae McKay, 44, of San Bernardino County, had a long and violent criminal history dating back to before 2000, which included kidnapping, robbery and multiple arrests for assault with a deadly weapon, including a year-long police chase In 2021, a California Highway Patrol dog was allegedly stabbed to death by an accomplice of McKay’s, the sheriff said.
According to Bianco, McKay was convicted last year of a “third strike” that should have landed him in state prison for 25 years, but a San Bernardino County judge lowered his bail, allowed his release and later released him for failing to appear at his arrest condemnation.
“He should have been sentenced to 25 years of life imprisonment immediately,” Bianco said. “We wouldn’t be here today if the judge had done her job.” said Bianco.
Cordero was a motorcycle officer assigned to Jurupa Valley, a city that contracts with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for police services.
Cordero joined the 4,000-strong department as a corrections deputy, worked in local jails, became a sworn deputy in 2018 and graduated from motor school in September to become a motorcycle deputy, Bianco said.
Cordero “learned from his mother the importance of serving and helping others,” and his goal in the department was always to become a motor deputy, Bianco said.
“He was naturally attracted to law enforcement and certainly embodied our motto of service about himself,” Bianco said. “He was a prankster on the station and all our MPs considered him their little brother.”
Several hours after the shooting, dozens of motorcycle cops and squad cars escorted a hearse that was carrying the deputy’s flagged coffin from the hospital to the coroner’s office.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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