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SBSD - Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department
Sunday June 5th, 2022 :: 03:41 p.m. PDT


63-year-old Twentynine Palms Woman Threatens Victim and Fires a Gun, Resulting in Her Arrest

DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 4th, 2022, at approximately 2:00 p.m.

INCIDENT: PC 245- Assault with a Deadly Weapon

LOCATION: 6000 Block of Mesquite Springs Road, Twentynine Palms

SUSPECT(S): Debra Jeann Leader, 63-year-old resident of Twentynine Palms 

VICTIM(S): Female, 60-year-old resident of Twentynine Palms

SUMMARY: On Saturday, June 4, 2022, at approximately 2:00 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a disturbance. Deputies arrived and made contact with a 60-year-old female victim. Through investigation, it was learned Deborah Jeann Leader brandished a firearm with threats to cause harm to the victim. Immediately following, the victim heard a gunshot. The victim fled from the location and called for help. 

Deputies made contact with Leader at her home. While investigating the incident, deputies located the firearm used during the altercation. A search warrant was issued, and additional ammunition and illegal narcotics were located inside the home. Deputies conducted a welfare check with nearby residents to ensure public safety for the unaccounted fired round. No additional victims were located.

Leader was arrested and booked at the West Valley Detention Center. Bail was set at $50,000.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Morongo Basin Station (760) 366-4175. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME(27463), or you may leave information at the We-Tip Hotline at

Refer: Deputy N. Hospodar

Station: Morongo Basin Station

Phone No. 760-366-4175

Case No. 202200826

SHANNON D. DICUS, 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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