San Bernardino County

Deputy in Critical Condition After Shooting in Hesperia

A suspect is in custody following a shootout with deputies who responded to a storage facility in the San Bernardino County community.


A San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputy was in critical condition after a shooting Tuesday in Hesperia.

A suspect is in custody, the department said. No other details were immediately provided.

The deputy was shot in the parking lot of a shopping center. The deputy initially responded to reports of an “unwanted subject” at a storage facility in Hesperia, said San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman.

The man left the area and the deputy found his car at the nearby parking lot of Mojave Plaza, where the shooting occurred, according to Bachman.

“We are not sure exactly what happened, but the deputy was shot in the arm,” she said.

The deputy was airlifted to a hospital for surgery and is expected to survive. He was not identified.

When responding deputies located the suspect’s car a few miles away, the man got out and began firing at them, Bachman said. The deputies fired back and the suspect was shot, she said.

He was hospitalized with unknown injuries, the Daily Press reported.

No deputies were injured in the shootout in the city of about 95,000 residents on the southern edge of the Mojave Desert.

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