A state corrections officer fired his gun at a teenager who allegedly attempted to rob him in the parking lot of a Victorville Burger King, leaving the teen wounded, according to authorities.
The attempted robbery occurred at 8:45 p.m. Monday next to the fast-food chain franchise in the 12000 block of Palmdale Road (map), according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
The teen allegedly brandished a weapon at an officer with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation while the victim was seated in his car and using his cellphone.
“The victim feared for his life and fired several times from his lawfully possessed firearm,” the Sheriff’s Department news release stated.
The juvenile dropped his weapon — which turned out to be a black BB gun that resembled a semiautomatic firearm — and ran into the desert, according to the release.
Responding deputies searched the nearby desert and found the suspect with three additional teens — two of them underage and one 18-year-old identified as Khaleo Jones. The three juveniles were not identified because of their age.
The primary suspect was flown to a local hospital to receive treatment for gunshot wounds; he was expected to survive.
All four teens were booked on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery.
The victim was not harmed, the news release stated. The Sheriff’s Department Homicide Detail was investigating.
Anyone with information was urged to call Detective Edward DeLaTorre or Sgt. Chris Fisher at 909-387-3589. Those who wish to remain anonymous were asked to call the We-Tip Hotline at 800-78-27463 (CRIME) or leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.