APPLE VALLEY, Calif. – An Apple Valley man was shot by deputies at the conclusion of a pursuit on Wednesday night.
At around 7:50 p.m. Apple Valley Deputies went to the home of 37-year-old Christopher Bowers to question him about a January 19, 2019, domestic violence incident. As deputies approached the home they saw Bowers driving towards his home. Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but Bowers failed to yield leading to a pursuit. The pursuit went through Apple Valley, on the southbound 15 freeway and on the 10 freeway eastbound. Bowers exited on Citrus Avenue.
Bowers had a gun in the vehicle and pointed it at deputies. Bowers slowed his vehicle as he exited the freeway, a Pursuit Intervention Technique(PIT) maneuver was used to safely end the pursuit. His vehicle struck the overpass wall and a 35-year-old female passenger exited the vehicle and went to the deputies. The female was determined to be the victim involved in the domestic violence incident. “ Bowers then drove forward and crashed into two patrol cars,” San Bernardino Sheriff’s officials said. “Then he reversed the vehicle toward deputies, crashed into a patrol car as a deputy was exiting the vehicle and a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”
Sheriff’s Specialized Investigators responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. The woman was not injured as a result of the pursuit. During the investigation, a handgun was located near Bowers vehicle. Authorities said that Bowers is a career criminal on active parole for a narcotics violation.
Bowers was injured as a result of the shooting and was transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. He is expected to survive his injuries.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Specialized Investigations Division, Detective David Lara at (909)387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at (800)78-CRIME or www.wetip.com
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