3 in California home wounded in police shootout that killed suspect

Three people at a home in Hesperia were wounded by gunfire during a shootout between law enforcement and a pursued suspect early Wednesday, Feb. 16, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.

The suspect, wanted for firing at motorists on the I-15 Freeway late Tuesday, was fatally shot.

A woman, a man and a 14-year-old boy were hospitalized for injuries. The man was released after treated. The woman and boy were expected to survive, the Sheriff’s Department said.

The sheriff’s news release did not say whose bullets struck the family. That information was not yet available, department spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said Wednesday afternoon.

At about 1:40 a.m. Wednesday, the California Highway Patrol attempted to stop a motorist wanted for shooting at a car Tuesday night on the I-15.

The driver of the white Ford Expedition, however, exited at Bear Valley Road and drove through city streets at high speeds, at one point running over a spike strip, the release said.

He continued driving with a flat tire, entered the southbound I-15, exited at Main Street and stopped near Peach Avenue and Catalpa Street when the Expedition became disabled.

For more than an hour, the suspect ignored orders to get out. He eventually left the Expedition, went to the front and fired at three CHP officers and a sheriff’s deputy as he ran, the release said. At least one peace officer fired back, killing him.

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A gun that the Sheriff’s Department said belonged to the suspect was recovered. The man’s name had not been released.

A passenger in the Expedition was not reported injured.

Moments after the shooting, a 911 caller reported that three people at a nearby home had been struck by gunfire.

The Sheriff’s Department asks any witnesses to the shooting to call Detective Edward Hernandez at 909-387-3589.


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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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