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Friday May 10th, 2024 :: 07:44 a.m. PDT


Lethal Force Encounter Occurs When Deputies Respond to Traffic Collision and Find an Armed Subject

DATE/TIME:  May 9, 2024 / 9:58 a.m.

INCIDENT:   Lethal Force Encounter and Assault w/Deadly Weapon on a Peace Officer

LOCATION: 12870 Mariposa Road, Victorville

SUSPECT(S): Nicholas Robert Contreras, 32-years-old, Resident of Hesperia

SUMMARY:  On Thursday, May 9, 2024, at 9:58 a.m., deputies from the Victorville Station responded to multiple calls of a vehicle vs. pedestrian traffic collision on Mariposa Road.  Callers reported the pedestrian, later identified as Nicholas Contreras, was hit by a second vehicle as he continued to walk around after the first collision.  

When deputies arrived at the scene, they attempted to contact Contreras and discovered he was armed with a knife.  Deputies gave Contreras multiple commands to drop the knife and get on the ground.  Contreras refused to obey the commands, advanced toward the deputies, and a lethal force encounter occurred.  Contreras was struck by gunfire and despite lifesaving measures, he was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Specialized Investigation Division also responded and assumed the investigation. 
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Specialized Investigations Division at 909-890-4904.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous should contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or go to

Refer:  Detective O. Domon and Sgt. M. Warrick

Station:  Specialized Investigations Division

Phone No. 909-890-4904

Case No.  DR# 172405550  H# 2024-040

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

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San Bernardino, CA 92408

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