VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Officials identified the suspect in Wednesday afternoons deputy-involved shooting in Victorville as Anthony Brown, 54.
According to a sheriff’s news release, at about 2:39 pm on July 17, 2019, deputies were called to the ‘Fix It Auto’ in the 15000 block of Seventh Street reference a man with a gun call.
The victim called 911 and reported the suspect went to the location and threatened to kill him and other citizens near the business, officials said.
“He further stated when he made contact with Brown at his vehicle, Brown brandished and racked a handgun at him,” stated the news release.
Arriving deputies located Brown barricaded inside his black Chevy Suburban that was in the parking lot of the business.
Despite numerous PA announcements, Brown refused to exit the SUV and instead shouted at deputies that he was armed, officials said.
At about 4:10 pm Brown accelerated his SUV towards deputies and a deputy-involved shooting occurred. Brown’s vehicle went across Seventh Street and came to a stop on the west side of the roadway after it collided into a tree and a wall.
Sheriff’s officials said, “Brown continued to yell he was armed and refused to exit the vehicle and surrender. Deputies from Specialized Enforcement Division blocked the vehicle and deployed less than lethal Blunt Impact Projectile rounds.
Brown was eventually arrested at his vehicle without further incident.
Brown was found to be in possession of two handguns on his person and an additional handgun was located inside his vehicle.
After Brown was removed from his vehicle, he was found to have injuries sustained during the deputy-involved shooting. Deputies immediately initiated life-saving treatment to Brown’s injuries until emergency medical personnel took over. Brown was flown to an area hospital and is expected to survive his injuries.
Investigators from the Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail responded to the location to conduct the investigation.
A deputy was injured during the deputy-involved shooting and was airlifted to a hospital. He was treated and released and is expected to make a full recovery.
The investigation is ongoing anyone with information is urged to contact Detective James Tebbetts, Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail at (909)387-3589 or Sheriff’s dispatch at (760)956-5001. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com.
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