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Police helicopter shoots at suspect who opened fire at deputies in deadly pursuit

UPDATE — October 1, 2019 – The suspect was identified as Anthony Watkins, 36, a transient of Lucerne Valley.

According to a tweet from the sheriff’s department, “Investigators have confirmed the suspect made a u-turn just before the pursuit ended and was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes driving towards deputies.”

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YUCCA VALLEY, Calif. ( — A suspect who shot at pursuing deputies and rammed a sheriff’s patrol vehicle died after he was struck by gunfire during a deputy-involved shooting.

At about 9:39 pm on September 29, 2019, deputies from the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to the report of a suspicious vehicle at a residence in the county area of Apple Valley.

Sheriff’s officials said the reporting party was able to give dispatchers a description of the suspect vehicle as well as the location. Deputies arrived and located the suspect vehicle, a white semi without a trailer and attempted a traffic stop.

The suspect decided not to yield and led police on a pursuit on dirt roads in Apple Valley and continued through Lucerne Valley.

According to a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s tweet about the incident, the pursuit continued onto Highway 247 with Sheriff’s Aviation assisting.

Officers deployed spike trips twice and the suspect allegedly shot at deputies resulting in a deputy-involved shooting (DIS) involving the sheriff’s helicopter.

The pursuit continued onto highway 62 where the suspect rammed a marked patrol unit, shot at the deputy, and another deputy-involved shooting occurred, officials said.

The semi-truck left the roadway on the south side of Highway 62 and Pinion and a deputy-involved shooting occurred. The suspect, who police have not identified was pronounced deceased at the scene.

(Photo by Tami Roleff, Managing Editor at Z107.7 News)

The deputy driving the patrol vehicle rammed by the suspect sustained minor injuries and did not require any medical attention.

Tami Roleff, Managing Editor at Z107.7 News captured photos of the bullet-riddled windshield of the semi-truck after crashing into a small hill.

Homicide Investigators remain on scene nearly 24 hours later conducting the investigation.

(Photo by Tami Roleff, Managing Editor at Z107.7 News)

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