The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy killed by Christopher Dorner during Tuesday's firefight in the San Bernardino mountains has been identified by sources as Jeremiah MacKay, a Redlands resident and 1995 Rim of the World graduate.
The Inland Empire Emerald Society, where MacKay was a sergeant-at-arms, confirmed the death on their Facebook page.
A detective with the sheriff's office, MacKay joined the department in July 1998. He was also a field training officer with the department.
MacKay, 35, was quoted as recently as Saturday to the Associated Press -- regarding the complexity of the manhunt for Dorner: "This one you just never know if the guy's going to pop out, or where he's going to pop out," he said. "We're hoping this comes to a close without more casualties. The best thing would be for him to give up."
Cassie Summers-Silva said she remembered MacKay from high school, when she played volleyball with his sister, now Angie Reynolds.
"He and his family were very supportive throughout our year playing together,"
Summers-Silva said. "Myself as well as my brother went to Rim of the World High School with him. I remember him as a clown and always in good spirits. His family was always so caring, and you could tell family was No. 1."
As of early Wednesday afternoon, the Sheriff's Department had not released the official announcement of his death.
Rim of the World High School Principal, Catherine Obregon, said the department had not yet notified the district but word had reached them verbally.
"This is a small community and about 30 of our graduates are in law enforcement. As of now, it's not official and our teachers don't even know his name."