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SBSD - Fontana Sheriff's Department
Wednesday May 18th, 2022 :: 04:00 p.m. PDT


Man Arrested After Refusing to Leave a Business and Fighting with Deputies

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 / 4:30 p.m.

INCIDENT: Use of Violence on Executive Officers, Attempt to Disarm Deputy, Resisting Arrest, Brandishing a Weapon

LOCATION: Cherry Avenue & Arrow Route, Unincorporated Fontana

VICTIM: Two San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies

SUSPECT: Joshua Gilpin, a 37-year-old transient 

SUMMARY: On Tuesday, May 18, 2022, around 8:00 a.m., an employee at a business in the 8400 block of Cherry Avenue asked the suspect, Joshua Gilpin, a 37-year-old transient who frequents Fontana, to leave. Gilpin armed himself with a knife, but eventually left and the victim did not initially contact law enforcement. 

On the same day, around 3:00 p.m., the employee returned to work and saw Gilpin had returned to the business. The employee left the area and called the Sheriff’s Department. Deputies located Gilpin, and discovered he matched the description of an armed subject, previously reported in a nearby parking lot. A records check revealed he was on Post Release Community Supervision. When the deputies tried to search Gilpin for the reported knife he fled, leading them on a short foot chase. Deputies struggled with Gilpin for several minutes while he assaulted them. During the struggle, Gilpin reached for one of the deputy’s firearms. Deputies used force to overcome Gilpin’s resistance, prevent his escape, and defend themselves. Additional deputies and officers from the Fontana Police Department responded to assist and Gilpin was taken into custody. The deputies suffered minor injuries during the struggle with Gilpin. 

Gilpin was transported to a local hospital and subsequently booked into West Valley Detention Center for use of violence on executive officers, attempt to disarm deputy, resisting arrest, and brandishing a weapon.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Fontana Sheriff’s Station at (909) 356-6767. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at

Refer: Deputies V. Flores / E. Peraza

Station: Fontana

Phone No. (909) 356-6767

Case No. 032201413

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Fontana Sheriff's Department
17780 Arrow Blvd
Fontana, CA 92335

Emergency: 9-1-1

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