News Update!!: Twentynine Palms, CA: Latest Information: Deputy Involved Shooting at a Motel 6 leaves gunman dead.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department have release more information into a Deputy Involved Shooting at a Motel 6 in Twentynine Palms, California on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 that left a gunman died after shooting at authorities.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 3:22am PT on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Morongo Basin Station / Twentynine Palms Police Department responded to Motel 6 located at 72562 Twentynine Palms Highway in Twentynine Palms, California following the report of a man with a gun.
Deputies were advised that the reporting party was a guest at the hotel.
Deputies responded to the location, conducted an area check, and did not locate any suspicious persons.
Deputies then knocked on the motel room door, identifying themselves as San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, in efforts to get additional information from the reporting party.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, deputies heard a gunshot from inside the room; the door immediately opened, and the suspect fired a handgun at deputies.
Fearing for their safety, deputies returned fire and retreated to cover.
The suspect went back into the room and closed the door.
Deputies ordered the suspect to surrender and exit the room with his hands up peacefully.
The suspect did not comply with the deputies’ demands.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, a female adult, later identified as 39 year old Tani Garcia from Yucca Valley, California, exited the room and was detained by deputies.
Tani Garcia informed the deputies that the male suspect was armed; he was alive but injured.
She stated they had been up for several days smoking methamphetamine and checked into the room a few hours earlier because they feared they were being followed by unknown persons who wanted to kill them.
SWAT personnel responded to the location and continued to try to communicate with the suspect.
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At approximately 8:00am PT, SWAT personnel used a robot equipped with a camera to enter the room.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the suspect appeared to be deceased.
Deputies and fire personnel entered the room and confirmed the suspect was deceased.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, deputies located a loaded Taurus 9mm handgun near the suspect and 2 additional loaded magazines were located in his pants pocket.
The suspect was transported to the Riverside County Coroner’s Officer where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of death.
Investigators from the Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail, responded to the location and are conducting the investigation.
Tani Garcia was arrested and transported and booked into the Morongo Basin Station for H.S. 11550; Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance.
Several guests at the motel were evacuated for their safety during the incident.
No other persons or deputies were injured.
The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact Detective Gary Hart or Sergeant John Gaffney at: 1 (909) 387-3589.
Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to contact the We-Tip Hotline at: 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463) or via the We-Tip Hotline website at: http://wetip.com/
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