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Tuesday December 5th, 2023 :: 03:34 p.m. PST


Sheriff's Department Releases Name of Sergeant Involved in December 1st Lethal Force Encounter

DATE/TIME: December 1, 2023, 1:43 p.m.

INCIDENT: Lethal Force Encounter

LOCATION: 13660 Bear Valley Road, Victorville

SUSPECT(S): Jorge Cardenas, 27-year-old Male, Resident of Ontario

VICTIM(S):  Shane Andersen, A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Sergeant
The Sheriff’s Sergeant involved in the Lethal Force Encounter on December 1, 2023, has been identified as Sergeant Shane Andersen.   
At the time of the incident, Sergeant Andersen was working retail crime suppression in Victorville.  Although this incident was not retail theft related, Sergeant Andersen responded quickly because of the extra personnel in areas where organized retail crime occurs.  Sheriff Shannon Dicus said, “I am grateful Sergeant Andersen was not seriously injured but incidents like this remind us of the dangers our deputies face each day.  In the last year, LFEs have increased to two a month.”  

Sgt. Andersen was released from the hospital and continues his recovery at home.

SUMMARY: On Friday, December 1, 2023, Sheriff’s Dispatch received a report of a man with a gun at a gas station located at 13660 Bear Valley Road. The caller informed Dispatch that a woman reported the man, later identified as her boyfriend, Jorge Cardenas, had a gun and then locked herself inside the bathroom of the business.

A sheriff’s sergeant was the first to arrive and approached Cardenas just outside the business and attempted to detain him. Cardenas ran into the store, turned, and pointed a gun at the sergeant as he approached the entrance. A lethal force encounter occurred, and both the suspect and sergeant were hit by gunfire. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. The sergeant was transported to a nearby trauma center for treatment of gunshot wounds to his legs. The sergeant is in stable condition.

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division responded and are conducting the investigation.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Justin Applegate, Specialized Investigations Division at (909) 890-4904. Callers can remain anonymous and contact We-Tip at 800-78CRIME or

Refer: Detective Justin Applegate or Sergeant Nicolas Craig

Station: Specialized Investigations Division

Phone No. (909) 890-4904

Case No. DR# 172313450 / H#2023-128

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

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