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Tuesday November 29th, 2022 :: 01:19 p.m. PST


UPDATE: Suspect Identified and Arrested in July 2022 Murder of a Victorville Man

DATE/TIME: July 29, 2022, 10:35 p.m.

INCIDENT: Murder Investigation

LOCATION: 15500 Block of 7th Street, Victorville

SUSPECT(S): Unknown

VICTIM(S): Ramon Pettis, 38-year-old Victorville Resident


SUSPECT:  Christopher Martin, 38-years-old, Resident of Hesperia

Through continued investigation, detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail gathered evidence that indicated Christopher Martin was responsible for the death of Ramon Pettis, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.  

On Monday, November 28, 2022, personnel from the Sheriff’s Specialized Enforcement Division located and arrested Martin in Victorville.  He was booked in at the Central Detention Center where he is being held on $1,000,000 bail.  

SUMMARY: On Friday, July 29, 2022, deputies assigned to the Victorville Police Department were on an unrelated law enforcement incident and responded to the 15500 block of 7th Street, after they heard multiple gunshots. Upon arriving, deputies located a large crowd gathered at the location. Several subjects in the crowd directed the deputies to 38-year-old Ramon Pettis, who was in a parking lot suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Pettis was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

A short time after the shooting, deputies were involved in a vehicle pursuit with a subject who fled the scene of the shooting. Ultimately, the subject stopped his vehicle on the 15 Freeway, near Roy Rogers Drive. He was interviewed and later released.

Investigators with the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail are investigating. The suspect(s) have not been identified. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Shawn Thurman or Sergeant Justin Giles, Specialized Investigations Division at (909) 890-4904. Callers can remain anonymous and contact We-Tip at 800-78CRIME or

Refer: Detective Shawn Thurman

Station: Specialized Investigations Division

Phone No. (909) 890-4904

Case No. DR# 172208751     H#2022-096

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

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