The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department was called to a disturbance in Victorville, Calif., on Monday which ended in a suspect shot after stealing an officer’s gun and firing at them.
According to KTLA 5 News, police responded to a 911 call from a woman requesting police remove her son from her home, but when police responded, the son, 21-year-old Ari Young, became combative and wrestled away Deputy Meagan Forsberg’s gun, then attempted to shoot her.
The incident was captured on video by a neighbor and showed Young grabbing the female deputy’s gun away from her and firing it in her direction, KCAL 9 News reported.
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Police had responded to the scene after the female caller said, “My God, oh my God, send the police.” She had asked the police to hold on and never returned to the phone.
Two patrol cars arrived on the scene and police yelled to the suspect to drop his gun, followed by several shots, according to the video.
In the video, Young initially headed towards police with his hands up, but there is a moment when his actions are no longer visible. At that time, police ordered Young again to drop his weapon, then shots are fired.
According to the video, police fired around 12 shots. The Sheriff’s Department says Young refused to drop the weapon.
Young was shot, but police said: “his wounds were not considered life-threatening.”
He was taken by ambulance and then airlifted to a neighboring hospital. His condition has not been disclosed, according to a sheriff’s spokeswoman.
Forsberg was not hit by the suspect’s shots but suffered minor injuries during the scuffle that preceded the gunfire due to Young punching Forsberg in the head multiple times.
Within an hour of that incident, there was another shooting nearby.
A 62-year-old man was threatening suicide when firefighters responded after a female called 911 to report that the man took “multiple prescription pills, was armed with a knife and had said he no longer wanted to live.”
When officers arrived on the scene, the man, armed with a knife, was barricaded in a room.
Officers ordered the man to drop the knife, but he began walking towards them with the weapon. Officers were forced to use a stun gun, but it did not stop the man who kept moving towards them and was eventually shot by the officers.
The man was pronounced dead at the hospital. His identity is not being released, pending the notification of his next of kin.
Allison said that both incidents are under investigation.