Two Los Angeles men were arrested in connection with a shooting that wounded a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy in Adelanto early Thursday.
Deputy Robert Jahn, a five-year veteran of the department, was injured when a bullet pierced his abdomen and hit several organs, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said at a news conference Thursday morning at the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton.
Jahn is in critical but stable condition after emergency surgery, McMahon said.
Jahn and his partner had stopped a vehicle on Bellflower Street about 2 a.m. when they heard gunshots coming from a nearby apartment complex. The pair called for backup and went to investigate the Raintree Garden Apartments. As the deputies approached one of the units, they were met with bursts of gunfire.
“We’re not sure if this was some type of ambush,” McMahon said, adding that multiple rounds were fired.
Jahn was conscious and talking as he was airlifted to the hospital. His wife and four teenage daughters are at the hospital with him, McMahon said.
Authorities found a handgun they think was used in the shooting during a search of the apartment. Nicholas Ruiz, 26, and Larry Carino, 26, were taken into custody.
This is the third time in two weeks that deputies have faced gunfire while on duty in San Bernardino County, McMahon said.
“It’s important to remember we have a great deal of support from the community of San Bernardino, but there are some dangerous people out on the street and our deputy sheriffs are out there every day doing their best to protect those that we’re responsible for protecting,” he said.
1 p.m.: This article was updated with the deputy’s name and information about his condition and the arrest of two suspects.
8:45 a.m.: This article was updated with information about the situation leading up to the shooting and the deputy’s condition.
This article was originally published at 6:30 a.m.