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Suspect wanted for attempted murder on a cop in Hesperia turns himself in

HESPERIA, Calif. ( — A suspect wanted for attempted murder on a police officer turned himself in on Wednesday evening but not before posting about his side of the story on Facebook.

The suspect Leaire Moore, 43, a resident of Hesperia, managed to avoid being captured by police for over 24 hours after he drove his truck towards a deputy, which resulted in a deputy-involved shooting.

It happened on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at about 5:29 am in the area of Santa Fe Avenue and Hesperia Road in Hesperia.

According to a sheriff’s news release, a deputy responded to a suspicious circumstance call with the resident reporting possible illegal dumping in the area of Orchid Ave and Hackberry Street.

“When the deputy arrived, he saw an older Chevy truck, as described by the reporting party, and the driver quickly left the scene,” stated the release.

Moore led the deputy on a brief pursuit before stopping. “As the deputy approached, the driver drove toward the deputy, and a deputy-involved shooting occurred,” stated the release.

Following the shooting, officials said Moore continued to drive away and launched the truck over the railroad tracks where it became disabled.

Moore and a female passenger fled on foot. The female was detained nearby. 

Authorities conducted an extensive search of the entire area surrounding the scene and were unable to locate Moore. Prompting an arrest warrant for Attempted Murder on a Peace Officer. Officials wanted that Moore was considered an armed and dangerous suspect.

The deputy, nor the passenger, sustained any injuries.

Later that evening after evading police at about 10:00 pm, Leaire Moore, decided to share his version of what happened via his personal Facebook profile.

On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at approximately 7:30 pm the suspect, Leaire Moore, turned himself into deputies at the High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto. 

Moore was taken into custody without incident and booked for the arrest warrant for Attempt Murder of a Peace Officer.

A family member said Moore’s family was by his side when he turned himself in.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information regarding Moore’s whereabouts is urged to contact Detective David Lara, 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

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