VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) The Sheriff’s Department has released additional information after a controversial cellphone video left many people angry, questioning if excessive force was used on a suspect during a Sunday morning arrest.
It happened after the short video clip was posted on social media showing a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy striking a man several times with a baton, as several other deputies appeared to be attempting to subdue the suspect while he was on the ground.
In the cell phone video, a deputy could be heard shouting “stop resisting, stop resisting!” The person recording the video can be heard asking a deputy, “Why are yall beating him?”, and a deputy shouting back “He’s got a gun! He’s got a gun!”
Authorities have since identified the suspect in the video as 34-year-old Victorville resident Louis Ruiz, who police say is a convicted felon, has gang member affiliations and an extensive criminal history.
In response to the video, the Sheriff’s Department issued a news release saying the “Deputies used necessary force to place Ruiz in handcuffs, all the while believing he was armed with a gun.”
According to officials, on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 12:01 a.m., deputies responded to a call of shots heard in the area of Ferndale Road and Mojave Drive in Victorville.
“The caller stated she and her two children were driving in the area of Ferndale Rd. and Mojave Dr. when they were shot at by a Hispanic male driving a red Honda. Deputies responded and quickly located a red Honda and attempted a traffic stop,” the news release stated.
“The driver of the Honda failed to yield and dispatch advised deputies the vehicle was stolen. Approximately one minute into the 2.5-mile pursuit, the driver of the Honda fired several rounds at deputies from the driver’s window,” authorities said.
Shortly after Ruiz allegedly fired at deputies, he crashed into the desert and ran from the vehicle toward a nearby apartment complex in the area of Palmdale Road, near El Evado Road.
According to officials, Deputies caught Ruiz, and Ruiz began to fight with deputies.
The person who captured the arrest on video told Victor Valley News they pulled out their cellphone to record footage only after they saw the man being “beaten” by deputies.
“The man was on his knees with his hands in the air, the deputies ran to him and kicked him and started beating him.”
Ruiz was transported by ground ambulance to Victor Valley Global Medical Center with injuries to the left side of his face and eye.
“Deputies searched the stolen vehicle and nearby area and found a loaded 9mm handgun and the magazine over half full. They located additional evidence of rounds being fired inside the vehicle,” officials said.
Ruiz was arrested for Attempted Murder/Attempted Murder on a Peace Officer and booked into the West Valley Detention Center and is being held in lieu of a $1,000,000 bail. He is scheduled for arraignment in a Victorville courtroom on April 10, 2018.
Anyone who may have been a victim, witness, or has more information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Victorville Sheriff’s Station – Detective Division at (760) 241-2911.
Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.
Link to video: https://youtu.be/vib32E24xbU