On June 25, 2014, at
approximately 5:00 p.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s personnel were conducting
surveillance on James Jaimez. Jaimez was wanted for a homicide in Montebello
and had an active warrant for his arrest.
Jaimez to Metal Recovery at 22506 Bear Valley Road in Apple Valley to conduct
business. Detectives surrounded the area and attempted to arrest Jaimez in
front of the business. Jaimez saw a marked Los Angeles County Sheriff’s patrol
car arrive and fled northeast from the business.
Detectives gave chase
to Jaimez, as Jaimez pointed a handgun at a detective driving an unmarked
vehicle, attempting to carjack the detective. The detective stopped and began
to exit the vehicle, as Jaimez came to the driver’s door pointing the gun at
the detective. Fearing for his life, the detective fired at Jaimez as he exited
Jaimez fled from the
detective’s vehicle while pointing his handgun at several other detectives who
were converging on the area. Jaimez continued running around the north side of
the business complex and westbound across Central Road. As Jaimez crossed
Central Road, he turned and fired several rounds at pursuing detectives. Jaimez
and the detectives were involved in an exchange of gunfire during which Jaimez
was struck and died as a result of his injuries. A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s
detective was struck by the gunfire during the shooting.
Due to the fact the
incident occurred within San Bernardino County jurisdiction, San Bernardino
County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Detail responded to conduct the
Jaimez was on supervised probation for being a felon in possession of a firearm
as a result of California Assembly Bill 109.
As part of Governor
Jerry Brown’s Realignment Plan, or Assembly Bill 109, offenders with
non-violent, non-sexual and non-serious convictions will serve reduced
sentences in county jails and place some offenders on local supervision through
county Probation as California complies with a U.S. Supreme Court decision
requiring the state to lower its prison population by 30,000.
Refer: Detective Charles Phillips or
Sergeant John Gaffney
Station: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s
No. (909) 387-3589
Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department