Riverside Sheriff Deputy Gunned Down by Convicted Felon During Traffic Stop

A Riverside Sheriff’s deputy was killed in the line of duty during a traffic stop in Jurupa Valley Thursday afternoon. Deputy Isaiah Cordero was a motor officer with the Jurupa Valley station. Cordero had made a traffic stop on a black pick up truck in the 3900 block of Golden West Avenue around 1:47pm. The suspect- identified as William Shae McKay fired a gun at Cordero and fled the scene. Nearby residents came to Cordero’s aid and called 911.

A man-hunt began for McKay who was eventually located in San Bernardino County. McKay led several law enforcement agencies on a pursuit that went down the 15 freeway through Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario and eventually back into the Jurupa area. Officers used a spike strip to successfully slow McKay down. He eventually came to a stop and was pinned in by a pit maneuver by a SWAT truck on the southbound 15 freeway near 5th street in Norco. It was there, several shots were fired and McKay was pronounced deceased. The southbound lanes of the freeway were closed for much of the night while detectives collected evidence and processed the scene.

McKay has a violent criminal history including stabbing a CHP K9. An angry Chad Bianco, Sheriff of Riverside County placed blame on a judge who let McKay out of jail more than once, reducing his bail. McKay had an active bench warrant for failing to appear for a court sentencing in October. Meantime, Deputy Cordero’s body was taken from Riverside Community Hospital to the coroner’s office in Perris. Dozens of law enforcement vehicles joined the somber procession. Cordero had just graduated motor school in September, an assignment he has always wanted at the Sheriff’s department.