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Victorville Police arrest gunman who fled after shooting his uncle

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — Eric Jon Cox, 32-year old Victorville resident, is being charged with attempted murder after shooting his uncle.

On May 15, 2019, deputies from the Victorville Police Department responded to an assault with a weapon call in the 14800 block of Totem Pole Street. The caller stated that a man at the residence had been shot and the suspect had fled the location, officials said.

Upon arrival, deputies learned the 58-year-old victim was at the location visiting family when he noticed his Cox, his nephew, had a handgun on him.

After the victim mentioned the gun to another family member, the suspect confronted the victim and the two began to argue.

“The argument escalated into a physical struggle between the two, and the suspect pistol whipped the victim. The struggle continued, and the victim was shot once in the upper torso,” Sheriff’s Spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez wrote in a press release.

An extensive search utilizing Sheriff’s Aviation, deputies, detectives, and a canine team, was conducted throughout the area.

Through the extensive search and investigation, information was gathered which led deputies to a house in the 10800 block of Sixth Avenue in Hesperia where the suspect was located, and the handgun recovered.

The handgun was recovered during the arrest of Eric Cox.

“The suspect, identified as Eric Jon Cox, a convicted felon on Post Release Community Supervision, was arrested and transported to a local hospital for evaluation. He will be booked for attempted murder and the report forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review and consideration of further charges,” stated Rodriguez.

The victim’s injuries appeared to be non-life threatening and he was transported to a nearby trauma center for treatment. 

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Detective M. Gardea at the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at

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