A transient who was known to stay in the Joshua Tree area and frequent the Yucaipa area died as a result of an officer-involved shooting on Friday morning.
Authorities said that on the evening of Thursday, September 3, 2020, Joshua Beedie, 38, sexually assaulted and beat a woman in the 5500 block of Perriman Street. A male victim heard the ruckus and went to check on the woman. Beedie allegedly shot at the man before fleeing the home.
At around 9:30 a.m. on Friday September 4, 2020, Victor Valley Station deputies were dispatched to Moss Mobile Manor in the 38000 block of Old Woman Springs Road in Lucerne Valley for the report of shots fired. Beedie continued shooting his weapon while deputies quickly evacuated the area. Helicopters responded to the area to assist ground units attempting to locate Beedie, who was hiding in an area where abandoned vehicles and trailers were stored.
PA announcements were made in an attempt to convince the suspect to peacefully surrender. “At approximately 1:30 pm, a deputy-involved shooting occurred, striking the suspect,” San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials said. “Deputies immediately rendered medical aid; Beedie was transported to a local area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. Two rifles, one AR15, and a sawed-off shotgun were located next to the suspect.”
Detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail responded to the scene and are conducting the investigation. Through investigation, it was learned that the suspect had shot at two victims prior to deputies arriving on the scene. One victim received a minor injury from the suspect’s gunfire. No deputies were injured during the incident.
Beedie was wanted for an attempted murder and rape warrant out of the Morongo Basin Station. No additional information is available for release at this time.
The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information, or anyone who witnessed the incident, is asked to contact Detective Robert Hoag, Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail at (909)387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com.
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