BARSTOW, Calif. – A Barstow man was arrested after firing multiple shots at a deputy during a traffic stop late Saturday night.
At around 11:53 p.m., a deputy from the Needles station was driving toward Needles when a vehicle almost collided with him. The deputy stopped the vehicle in the area of 2848 Lenwood Road and made contact with the passenger, Antwon Rivers, 35, of Barstow. Rivers was armed with a handgun and fled on foot when the deputy made contact. The deputy ordered Rivers to stop and drop the weapon. Rivers did not comply with the deputies orders and turned and fired his handgun multiple times towards the deputy.
Fearing for his safety and the safety of others, the deputy shot in the direction of Rivers. Rivers ran behind a large vacant building. A search was conducted in an attempt to locate the suspect. Rivers was located hiding in a bathroom. No one was injured as a result of the shooting. Rivers was arrested and booked into jail for attempted murder on a police officer.
Detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact the Specialized Investigations Division, Detective Eric Ogaz at (909) 387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at (800)78-CRIME or www.wetip.com.
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