Aug. 19, 2021
UPDATE: The suspect was identified as 34-year-old Ervin Olikong. He was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police as they tried to make the arrest. Two officers were also wounded. Read more.
Aug. 18, 2021
UPDATE: A San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy is expected to make a “full recovery” after being ambushed in a shooting at the end of a high-speed chase, authorities said.
The 27-year-old deputy, whose name has not been made public, remains hospitalized in stable condition, officials said Wednesday morning, ABC 7 reported.
A white BMW possibly belonging to the suspect was later recovered. The suspect, believed to be a man in his 20s, remains at large.
The incident began just after 4 p.m. Tuesday in the city of San Bernardino Tuesday as the deputy was attempting to conduct a traffic stop, investigators said.
Surveillance video from the area shows the deputy’s vehicle chasing after a suspect in a residential neighborhood.
The suspect turns a corner and as the deputy follows, a barrage of more than 30 gunshots are heard.
Investigators say after rounding the corner, the gunman exited his vehicle and waited for the deputy with a rifle, opening fire as the patrol unit made the turn, ABC reported.
“This was an ambush situation,” said Sgt. Equino Thomas with the San Bernardino Police Deparment, which is investigating the incident.
“The suspect was able to exit his vehicle. He was able to retrieve a rifle and assume a position where he was able to fire at the deputy as he came around that corner.”
After being shot, the deputy radioed a “shots fired” call. Hence, other deputies raced to the scene to assist him, placing him into a unit to drive him to a nearby hospital. He was later transported to the trauma center at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A San Bernardino Sheriff’s Deputy was shot on Tuesday during a traffic stop. The deputy has not been identified and their medical condition has not yet been released. Footage from the scene shows that the police car was torched. The suspect is reportedly still at large.
Details about what led to the shooting or why the vehicle was on fire have not yet been released.
UPDATE: A suspect is still on the loose after shooting a San Bernardino Sheriff's Deputy in the head during an attempted traffic stop. The deputy was transported to the hospital where he is said to be awake and alert. https://t.co/6rKZUCP6yB pic.twitter.com/io2HBRzY17
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) August 18, 2021