Search for suspect continues after San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy is shot, wounded

People stand behind crime scene tape
Investigators gather at the scene where authorities say a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy was shot Tuesday afternoon while attempting to make a traffic stop.
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A deputy was shot Tuesday afternoon while attempting to make a traffic stop, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Cindy Bachman, a spokeswoman for the agency, said the deputy attempted the traffic stop about 4:15 p.m. near North Waterman Avenue and East 10th Street inside San Bernardino city limits.

The deputy called in the stop and seconds later radioed that there were shots fired and he’d been hit, Bachman said. The suspect fled in a vehicle and remains at large.


San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus said deputies arrived to find the deputy, described only as a 27-year-old man who has been with the department for four years, down.

The responding deputies started first aid, put on a tourniquet, put him in a patrol car and drove him to Community Hospital of San Bernardino, the closest medical center to the scene, Dicus said.

The deputy suffered what appear to be superficial injuries to his face and had shrapnel in one arm, the sheriff said.

Dicus said he visited with the deputy, who was surrounded by family.

The deputy was able to speak and the sheriff said he assured him he and his family would be taken care of.

The San Bernardino Police Department is handling the shooting investigation because the incident happened in city jurisdiction, Dicus said.

A Sheriff's Department SUV
A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department SUV sits at the corner of Olive Street and Bobbett Drive in San Bernardino.
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The deputy was assigned to the Sheriff Department’s Central Station, which patrols county areas surrounding the city and is believed to have been passing through the city when he tried to stop the suspect, the sheriff said.

It’s not known what prompted the stop, Dicus said.

No suspect had been identified as of Tuesday night and San Bernardino police were continuing their investigation, he said.

At some point, the deputy’s patrol vehicle caught fire, Dicus said. What caused the fire also remains under investigation.