Manhunt: Slain San Bernardino deputy ID’d

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A San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy killed by a gunman believed to have been Christopher Dorner knew of the danger he faced and had told a reporter Saturday of the tremendous risk as he scoured the mountains for the alleged cop killer.

Jeremiah MacKay“This one you just never know if the guy’s going to pop out, or where he’s going to pop out,” Jeremiah MacKay told the Associated Press on Saturday.

“We’re hoping this comes to a close without more casualties,” he said. “The best thing would be for him to give up.”

MacKay, 35, has been identified as the officer killed Tuesday morning in a furious gun fight with a man believed to be Dorner, who had holed up in a cabin off an isolated road near Big Bear.

MacKay’s identity was confirmed Wednesday on the Inland Empire Emerald Society’s website, a nonprofit for fallen officers.

MacKay was a sheriff’s deputy based out of Yucaipa and graduated from Rim of the World High School in 1995. He was married and had children, according to his Facebook page. He was the sergeant-at-arms for the Emerald Society.