News Update!!: San Bernardino County, CA: Suspect in San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Shooting connected to other shootings.

News Update!!: San Bernardino County, CA: Suspect in San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Shooting connected to other shootings.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is confirming that the suspect who shot a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy during a gas station robbery on Thursday, March 16th, 2017 in Hesperia, California is connected to other shootings in San Bernardino County, California.

During a news conference held on Friday, March 17th, 2017, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department gave more information on the suspect, 37 year old Kenneth Scott Welch from Redlands, California, and the on going investigation as well as the condition of the deputy who was shot.

The incident began when deputies responded to a robbery at 12:45am PT near a Chevron Gas Station located on Ranchero Road and Escondido Avenue in Hesperia, California.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Patrick Higgins confronted a robbery suspect at the gas station and tried to pepper-spray the man, who then brandished a gun and opened fire.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Patrick Higgins was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Kenneth Scott Welch and the vehicle he was driving, both captured on surveillance camera, was found on Thursday, March 16th, 2017 at his home on Colton Avenue in Redlands, California.

Kenneth Scott Welch was taken into police custody without incident. and the suspect’s vehicle involved in the shooting was towed from the location.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon showed a picture of the vest worn by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Patrick Higgins and where the bullet left a mark on the left side of the vest.

“His soft body armor saved his life,” said San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Patrick Higgins was released from a hospital later on Thursday, March 16th, 2017.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon confirmed that Kenneth Scott Welch is connected to other shootings in the Inland Empire, including a double shooting on Interstate 210 in Rialto, California earlier this week and a fatal shooting in Highland, California on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017.

In the double shooting on Interstate 210, at least 2 people who were in separate vehicles and traveling in opposite directions were shot and wounded by a gunman or gunmen just after 6:30pm PT on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017.

The first person was in a vehicle along westbound Interstate 210 near Sierra Avenue was shot in the upper leg and was hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries.

The second person was in a vehicle along eastbound Interstate 210 near Ayala Drive sustained a gunshot wound to the lower arm and was hospitalized for the non-life-threatening injuries.

In the fatal shooting in Highland, California, 48 year old Mario “Tony” Figueroa from Redlands, California was pronounced dead after being found lying in the roadway at 6th Street and Central Avenue.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Officials said that they do not yet have a motive behind the alleged crime spree.

Kenneth Scott Welch is currently in jail and is being held in lieu of $25,000,000 bail.

ZachNews has learned from a news source that the parents of Kenneth Scott Welch live in the Lake Havasu City, Arizona area.

When asked for a comment, the mother and father said that they were too distraught to make a comment at this moment, but may be later.

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this new story. ****

** Pictures from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Photojournalist Alex Vasquez, and NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4. **

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