UPDATE - Wednesday, February 5, 2014:
Detectives conducted additional investigation and determined that Corella and Soto were present and involved in the Attempt Murder of a Peace Officer, along with Shawn Munoz. On Wednesday, February 5, 2014, the investigative reports were reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office and arrest warrants were issued for Bernard Corella and Jesus Soto. Wednesday evening, Corella was taken into custody in Ontario and Soto was arrested in Victorville. Both were booked at the Victor Valley jail and bail is set at $1,000,000 each.
San Bernardino County deputy survived an ambush Sunday evening after a suspect
opened fire on him while he was conducting a traffic stop in Victorville. The
suspect’s gunfire did not hit or injure the deputy but the brazen attempt to
take a uniformed deputy’s life proves the violent climate in which law
enforcement officers now work.
Sunday, February 2, 2014, at approximately 9:45 p.m., a deputy from the
Victorville Police Department was conducting a traffic stop in the area of
Hesperia Road and Green Tree Boulevard in the City of Victorville. As the deputy was returning to his vehicle,
he noticed a new, silver Chrysler 300 driving toward him on Hesperia Road. The vehicle slowed and a window on the
driver’s side was lowered half way. The deputy saw muzzle flashes and heard
four gunshots coming from the Chrysler 300.
suspect vehicle fled north on Hesperia Road. The deputy returned fire and
attempted to catch the vehicle but was unsuccessful. Detectives responded to the scene, collected
evidence of the shooting, spoke with witnesses and scoured the area for clues.
located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle at 13800
Block of Apple Creek, within blocks of where the shooting occurred. Investigators
located evidence consistent with a gun being shot from within the vehicle. A search warrant was obtained for the
residence and additional evidence related to the shooting was recovered, such
- A .45 caliber handgun
- .45 caliber ammunition
- A Ruger Mini 14 converted to an assault rifle with a pistol grip and two (2)
30-round high capacity magazines
- Gang paraphernalia
has been arrested for Attempted Murder on a Peace Officer, and will be booked
with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Victorville
Police Department at (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged
to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave
information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.
Victorville Police Department
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