Suspect ID’d in Shooting of San Bernardino Deputy

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (KTLA) — A sheriff’s deputy was recovering on Wednesday, a day after he was shot and wounded in an ambush in San Bernardino, authorities said.

Police identified the alleged shooter as 33-year-old Miguel Alvarez, of San Bernardino.

He was booked on suspicion of attempted murder and was being held on $1 million bail, according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

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Sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded in San Bernardino

The shooting happened just after 10 a.m. on Tuesday in the 1400 block of E. Date Street.

Two deputies assigned to the Court Services Division were serving an eviction notice at a residence, according to the news release.

While they were still in their marked patrol cars, a vehicle drove past and the suspect someone opened fire, striking the driver’s side of one of the cars and the deputy.

Aerial video from Sky5 showed a white patrol car with a large hole in the driver’s side window.

Both deputies were able to exit their patrol cars and return fire, sheriff’s officials said.

Within minutes, a San Bernardino police officer located the suspect vehicle in the area of Elmwood Road, south of Highland Avenue.

Alvarez was taken into custody and interviewed before being booked at the West Valley Detention Center.

The injured deputy, a 24-year department veteran, was not immediately identified.

He was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries and released, authorities said.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting.

The investigation was being handled by the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Detail.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Det. Daniel Rodriguez or Sgt. Rick Bessinger at (909)387-3589 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (909)387-8313.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous can use the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or leave information online at http://www.wetip.com.

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