VICTORVILLE, Calif. – An officer-involved shooting on Wednesday left a deputy and suspect injured, both described as non-life-threatening injuries.
At around 2:39 p.m., deputies from the Victorville station responded to the 15000 block of Seventh Street for the report of a man with a gun. When They arrived at Fix it Auto and the victim told him that he would shoot him and other citizens. The victim made contact with the suspect, later identified as 54-year old Victorville resident Anthony Brown. Brown brandished and racked a handgun at him.
Brown was still inside the vehicle when deputies arrived. Witnesses told deputies that Brown possessed a firearm. Brown barricaded himself inside his vehicle while deputies gave multiple PA announcements in an attempt to get Brown to peacefully surrender, authorities said. Brown ignored the commands and yelled to deputies that he was armed. SWAT responded to the scene and at approximately 4:10 p.m., Brown accelerated toward deputies, who shot multiple times at him. His vehicle crashed on the west side of Seventh Street after it struck a wall. He continued to yell out to authorities that he was armed. And still refused to exit the vehicle and surrender.
Deputies and SWAT blocked the vehicle and eventually deployed less than lethal Blunt Impact Projectile rounds. He was arrested without incident and was found to be in possession of a total of three handguns, two in his possession and another in his vehicle. He was found to have injuries sustained during the shooting. Deputies provided aid to Brown until emergency personnel arrived to take over. He was airlifted to the hospital and is expected to survive.
Investigators from the Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail responded to the location to conduct the investigation. The deputy who was injured during the deputy-involved shooting and was airlifted to a hospital. He was treated and released and is expected to make a full recovery.
The investigation is ongoing anyone with information is urged to contact Detective James Tebbetts, Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail at (909)387-3589 or Sheriff’s dispatch at (760)956-5001. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com.
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