“Jennifer and I are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Sergeant Vaca in the line of duty. Our thoughts are with his family and friends, and with his colleagues at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department who risk their lives daily to serve the community.”
On May 31, 2021, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop a motorcycle driver who fled and later went on foot into the desert during the pursuit. While searching for the suspect, Sergeant Vaca was shot. He was transported to Desert Regional Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Sergeant Vaca, 43, served with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for 17 years and was assigned to the Morongo Basin Station.
He is survived by his wife and two children.
In honor of Sergeant Vaca, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.