March 5, 2021

Murder suspect killed, officer injured in California police shooting

Police shot and killed a man suspected of murder during an exchange of gunfire in Highland on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

One San Bernardino police officer was wounded in the shooting, and is expected to survive, said San Bernardino Police Chief Eric McBride.

The shooting took place about 3:30 pm in a residential area of ​​Highland at the intersection of Baseline and Elm streets.

A team of officers and detectives were in the area with a warrant to arrest a man police identified as a suspect in the killing of a person in San Bernardino earlier this year, McBride said.

When officers came into contact with the man, he opened fire on officers, prompting them to return fire, McBride said. Police gunfire struck the man, who was hospitalized and later died.

A cell phone video showed the moments following the shooting as officers and plainclothes detectives attempted to revive the man who lay on his back on a patch of grass in front of a home.

In the video, a crowd can be seen gathering around the officers, some crying and yelling out that they knew the wounded man. Just as paramedics arrive, several individuals attempted to walk toward police and the fallen man, prompting several officers with batons to confront them.

“They are killing people,” screamed one individual in the video, advising the residents to stand back.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, which patrols the city of Highland, will conduct the criminal investigation of the shooting, while San Bernardino police will conduct an administrative review.