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Hesperia man shot and killed during robbery identified

HESPERIA, Calif. ( — Authorities are asking for the public’s help with information on two suspects who shot and killed a Hesperia man during a possible robbery, officials said.

The victim, James Curtis Hampton, 39, was shot and killed outside his home in the 16400 block of Smoke Tree Street, near First Avenue in Hesperia.

At about 6:30 pm on December 2, 2019, deputies from the Hesperia Police Department responded to reports of a disturbance and shots fired, stated a sheriff’s news release.

When deputies arrived they found Hampton unresponsive in the roadway and pronounced him deceased at the scene.

Homicide Detectives responded to conduct the investigation.

Through investigation, detectives determined two armed suspects confronted Hampton at his residence and a fight ensued.

“Hampton ran into the street where he was shot by one of the suspects.
An acquaintance of Hampton’s was near the residence and heard the fight. He went to check on Hampton and was confronted by one of the suspects who struck him with a gun,” stated the release.

Sheriff’s officials said the suspects fled in a black truck and a gold-colored sedan. The suspects were two unidentified males, one was a light-skinned black male, 5’8″, and the second suspect was a dark-skinned Hispanic male, 5’8”-5’10”.

Detectives believe the suspects intended to rob Hampton of money and/or drugs. It is unknown at this time if any property was taken.

Detectives have interviewed several witnesses and are asking for anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspects, or neighbors with home security camera footage, to contact Detective Simon DeMuri, Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail at (909)387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78CRIME or

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