BAKER – Two arrests were made on Saturday morning after a search for pursuit suspects who shot at CHP officers early Friday morning. The pursuit began as CHP officers attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding. The vehicle did not yield, causing a brief pursuit. During the pursuit, at least one suspect shot at officers.
The vehicle became disabled in the median of the 15 freeway near Halloran Summit Road. After attempting to get the suspects to surrender for several hours, authorities cautiously approached the suspect vehicle to find it empty. The 15 freeway was shut down both north and southbound while the CHP and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials conducted an investigation and area search. Southbound lanes were reopened at around 10:45 a.m. while northbound lanes were closed until 1:00 p.m. on Friday.
CHP spokesman Adam Carmichall said that the male and female suspects were arrested after surrendering at around 7:00 a.m. west of the 15 freeway and Cima road. The suspects were located following an 11:15 p.m. call reporting trespassing in an abandoned building Sheriff’s officials said. “Due to the danger perceived by responding officer’s because of the earlier shooting by a suspect with an AK47, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Specialized Enforcement Division, along with two armored rescue vehicles/bearcats responded to the location, to search the property,” Sheriff’s officials said. “As deputies in the armored rescue vehicle approached what appeared to be an unoccupied vehicle, two subjects were observed sleeping in the vehicle.”
Authorities made PA announcements waking the occupants in the vehicle. The male suspect was seen reaching for something in the vehicle, then when he noticed the armored rescue vehicle, he put the object down, exited the vehicle, and surrendered without further incident. “The use of the armored rescue vehicle/bearcat proved to attribute to the surrender of the suspect who, earlier in the day was involved in the shooting against two California Highway Patrolmen,” Sheriff’s officials added. The CHP took the two suspects, later identified as Sean Winter, 34, of Nevada and Samantha Ross-Blume, 22, of Minnesota into custody and six firearms were located in the vehicle the suspects were found in.
There were no injuries reported as a result of the pursuit, shooting, or arrest.
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