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Off-duty Victorville Deputy fatally shoots his brother during a family gathering

BLOOMINGTON, Calif. (VVNG.com) — An off-duty deputy fatally shot his brother, 28-year-old Isreal Miranda Jr., of Bloomington, during a family gathering on Saturday.

The 26-year-old deputy Humberto Miranda, a resident of Fontana, is assigned to the Victorville Police Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Spokeswoman Cindy Bachman confirmed with Victor Valley News.

Humberto and another brother, Sergio Miranda, 28 of Bloomington, were named as victims in a Monday afternoon press release issued by the department.

According to the report, Fontana Station deputies responded to calls of shots fired in the 9800 block of Magnolia Street, Saturday, April 6th, 2019, at about 9:22 p.m. and found Isreal suffering from gunshots wounds.

“Deputies arrived and found numerous people in the front yard of the home, including Israel Miranda who was suffering from gunshot wounds. Israel was transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. A male victim, later identified as Sergio Miranda, was found with a laceration to his hand and refused treatment at the scene,” the release stated.

“Investigators from the Homicide Detail were requested to conduct the investigation and learned that Israel was on active parole and had a history of violence. Investigators determined there was a family party and an argument ensued between several family members in the front yard of the home,” officials said.

“During the argument, Israel armed himself with a knife and assaulted family members. During the assault, Humberto Miranda, who is Israel’s brother and an off-duty deputy sheriff with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, shot Israel,” according to the press release.

The investigation will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

No additional information is being released at this time. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Homicide Detail, Detective David Lara at (909)387-3589.

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.

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