By Michael P. Neufeld
Lake Arrowhead, CA – The bronze sculpture of fallen Detective Jeremiah MacKay unveiled on Sunday, September 1, by sculptor Khachik Khachatouryan has been vandalized.
The sculpture depicting MacKay — who lost his life in a shootout with Christopher Dorner in Big Bear on February 12 — holding his right hand over his heart and his left hand extended with an open hand had a bronze dove on the pedestal that holds the statue on a grassy knoll in Lake Arrowhead Village.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Jodi Miller told ROTWNEWS the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station was notified the dove was missing and the sculpture vandalized.
“We were advised by an employee of Lake Arrowhead Village,” Miller explained, “that the dove had been broken off and stolen off the statue of Detective Jeremiah MacKay sometime between Sunday at 4:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. on Monday.”
Miller indicated that at deadline there were no suspect leads.
REPLACING THE DOVE
To replace the dove, according to Holland Lowe who helped organize the fund-raising for the original sculpture, it would cost between $2,000 and $3,000.
In a Facebook post, Lowe stated: “I saw a video, parents allowing children climbing and pulling on the statue. Inconsiderate parents but I do believe it was not children who vandalized it! It took force to break and pull the dove off the monument.” (1223)