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Monday February 6th, 2023 :: 01:59 p.m. PST


Arson Suspect Leads Deputies on Pursuit into Riverside County and Lethal Force Encounter Occurs

DATE/TIME: February 5, 2023, 10:12 a.m.

INCIDENT:  Suspected Arson, Evading, Lethal Force Encounter 

LOCATION: Indio Avenue and Canterbury Street, Yucca Valley

SUSPECT(S): Male Adult-Deceased, Name Pending Positive Identification

SUMMARY: On Sunday, February 5, 2023, deputies with the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station responded to a reported box trailer fire, at Indio Avenue and Canterbury Street in Yucca Valley. Upon arriving, deputies observed a man, believed to have started the trailer fire, and attempted to make contact with him. The suspect fled from deputies and a pursuit ensued.

The pursuit lasted approximately 35 minutes and came to an end at the Whitewater Cutoff, north of the 10 Freeway in Palm Springs, when the suspect attempted to drive off the freeway and the vehicle became disabled. A lethal force encounter occurred, and the suspect was hit by gunfire. 

Investigators with the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division responded to assess the situation. The  lethal force encounter occurred in Riverside County and is being investigated by the Riverside Sheriff’s Department. Requests for information should be directed to the Riverside Sheriff’s Department.

Refer: Public Affairs

Station: Specialized Investigations Division

Phone No. (909) 387-3700

Case No. DR#092300213 / H#2023-018

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

SBSD - Headquarters
655 E 3rd St
San Bernardino, CA 92408

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