Deputies Kill Crestline Man After Responding to House Fire

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputies say they had prior knowledge of the homeowner having guns.

Monday, Nov 12, 2012  |  Updated 8:52 PM PDT
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San Bernardino Sheriff's Deputies shot and killed a homeowner after a fire erupted at his home Monday morning. Neighbors say they heard yelling and then four to five gunshots in their quiet and remote Crestline neighborhood. Jacob Rascon reports from the San Bernardino Mountains for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2012.

Jacob Rascon

San Bernardino Sheriff's Deputies shot and killed a homeowner after a fire erupted at his home Monday morning. Neighbors say they heard yelling and then four to five gunshots in their quiet and remote Crestline neighborhood. Jacob Rascon reports from the San Bernardino Mountains for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2012.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies shot and killed a man at his home in the 22000 block of Redwood Way in Crestline shortly before 10 a.m. Monday.

Deputies said they had prior knowledge of the homeowner having guns, and they heard there was a small fire.

“We decided to follow the fire engine to see what was going on,” said reporter Douglass Motley.

Motley said he knew something was wrong when he saw all four of the area’s deputies at the same house. Neighbors said they heard yelling.

“It was loud and angry,” said Mandy Thomasello who lives nearby.

Deputies approached the homeowner and claim the man reached for his waistband. Then shots were fired. Neighbors said they heard “multiple gunshots,” and Motley estimated about five shots may have been fired.

“I was shocked. I ran in the house and got the phone to call 911. It wasn’t normal to hear something like that going on in our neighborhood,” Thomasello said.

The man was pronounced dead on the scene and the small fire was extinguished.

And despite the shock, Thomasello said she expects her quiet neighborhood to stay that way.

“I do not feel unsafe. This is our neighborhood,” she said. “Our kids play here. I don’t feel unsafe at all.”

Deputies remained on scene to investigate. The neighborhood, also known as Valley of Enchantment, is located atop the San Bernardino Mountains.

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