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SBSD - Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department
Thursday January 10th, 2019 :: 11:07 a.m. PST


Yucca Valley: Attempted murder of a deputy sheriff

DATE/TIME: January 9, 2019/ 10:23 p.m.

INCIDENT: Attempted Murder of a Deputy Sheriff

LOCATION: 58000 Bonanza Drive, Yucca Valley

SUSPECT: Rafael Anthony Zamora, a 42-year-old resident of Yucca Valley

VICTIM: San Bernardino County Deputy Sheriff assigned to the Morongo Basin Station

SUMMARY: On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at approximately 10:23 p.m., deputies from the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station were dispatched to a suicidal subject, in the 58000 block of Bonanza Drive. Rafael Zamora was at his residence, with his girlfriend and her two children. His girlfriend and the children hid from Zamora, in a bathroom. A deputy entered the residence to get Zamora’s wife and the children out safely. Zamora armed himself with a handgun and concealed himself in the backyard. Zamora fired six rounds, at the deputy. Additional deputies arrived and made announcements for the suspect to surrender. After approximately 10 minutes, Zamora surrendered without further incident.

Zamora was arrested for PC 664/187 Attempted Murder of a Deputy Sheriff.

Anyone with information related to this crime is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at (760) 366-4175. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME.

Refer: Detective B. Henry

Station: Morongo Basin

Phone No. (760) 366-4175

Case No. 231900055

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department
63665 Twentynine Palms Highway
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Emergency: 9-1-1

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