Officials shot and wounded a suspect who was caught on video seizing a deputy’s gun and firing at her in Victorville Wednesday.
The incident in the 13000 block of Cabazon Court was one of two deputy shootings that ended in a suspect being hospitalized Wednesday morning. The second man shot, who had made suicidal statements, later died, according to San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials.
The deputy in the recorded brawl on Cabazon Court, Meagan Forsberg, was also hospitalized. But she wasn’t struck by gunfire and was expected to make a full recovery, the Sheriff’s Department said.
Forsberg responded to a home around 8:30 a.m. after a woman called law enforcement repeatedly saying “My God, oh my God,” followed with “Send the police,” Sgt. Jeff Allison said.
When authorities spoke with the woman again a few minutes later, she told them she wanted her son removed from the house. But then she told them to “hold on” and stopped communicating with the dispatcher, Allison said.
Officials say Forsberg found 21-year-old Ari Young outside the home, and he became combative with her.
Cellphone video shot from within a home on Cabazon Court begins as the man identified as Young is slugging Forsberg in the head. As Young forces Forsberg to the ground, a female bystander can be seen nearby.
Young struggles with the deputy on the ground and manages to discharge one bullet there before taking control of weapon. He then stands up with the gun in his hands, takes aim and fires at the deputy.
The shot is fired just as additional deputies are arriving on scene, and Young walks toward them with his hands up.
Young’s actions are then masked by a tree. Deputies can be heard ordering him to drop the gun and opening fire. The Sheriff’s Department says Young refused to drop the weapon.
Around a dozen shots are heard before the video cuts off.
Officials have not said how many times Young was shot, but they said his wounds were not considered life-threatening.
The second shooting occurred about an hour later, after deputies were called to the 15000 block of Heatherdale Road around 9:30 a.m.
Firefighters who responded to a 62-year-old man threatening to harm himself had requested assistance from the Sheriff’s Department, according to Allison.
A woman had called authorities saying the man took multiple prescription pills, was armed with a knife and had said he no longer wanted to live, sheriff’s officials said in a news release.
Deputies sent to the home found the man and woman confined in a room. The deputies tried to get the man to drop the knife, but he instead moved toward them, officials said.
The deputies at first used a stun gun, but shot the man as he continued to advance, authorities said.
The man was pronounced dead after being taken to an area hospital. His name was not being released, pending the notification of his next of kin.
Both incidents were the subject of ongoing investigation, Allison said.