At least one San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy opened fire as a shootout between people broke out while deputies were investigating a previous shooting in Highland, authorities said.
On Friday, June 3, deputies responded to a report of shots fired in the 7000 block of Elm Street at 12:37 a.m. and found an overturned SUV, multiple cartridge cases and bullet holes in nearby cars and homes, the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release Monday, June 6. Additional deputies then arrived to help with the investigation, authorities said.
During their investigation, two people shot multiple rounds at each other, just feet from the deputies, the Sheriff’s Department said. The deputies saw the shooting and attempted to intervene when a deputy shooting happened, according to sheriff’s officials.
It wasn’t immediately clear how many deputies opened fire.
Multiple people were detained and two people were found to be struck by gunfire, the Sheriff’s Department said. It was not immediately clear who shot the two people, or how or when they were struck by gunfire.
The two people were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the Sheriff’s Department said. No deputies were injured during the incident, officials said.
It was not immediately clear if the people involved in the subsequent shooting were involved in the initial investigation or if anyone was arrested as a result of the incident.
On Tuesday, June 7, the Sheriff’s Department declined to comment further on the investigation.
Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact Detective Justin Carty at 909-387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact We-Tip at 800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com