Pursuit Ends with Lethal Force Encounter in Unincorporated Big Bear

Pursuit Ends with Lethal Force Encounter in Unincorporated Big Bear

DATE/TIME: March 12, 2023, 1:57 a.m.

INCIDENT: Lethal Force Encounter/Death Investigation

LOCATION: 800 block of Vista Avenue, Sugarloaf (Unincorporated Big Bear)

SUSPECT(S): 34-year-old Male, Name Withheld Pending Next of Kin Notification

Sunday, March 12, 2023, at approximately 1:57 a.m., a deputy with the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station, observed a vehicle driven by a man known to have an outstanding arrest warrant. The deputy attempted a traffic stop and after initially yielding, the suspect fled, leading deputies on a pursuit. The pursuit ended when the suspect drove onto a dead-end road and exited his vehicle. A lethal force encounter occurred, and the suspect was struck by gunfire. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division responded. Pursuant to Assembly Bill 1506, the Department of Justice (DOJ) was contacted and assumed the investigation.

Any inquiries regarding this incident should be directed to DOJ at AGPressOffice@doj.ca.gov or 916-210-6000.

Refer: Detective Malcolm Page / Sergeant Jonathan Woods

Station: Specialized Investigations Division

Phone No. (909) 890-4904

Case No. DR#062300178 / H#2023-031

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