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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: June 25, 2014, 5:00 p.m.         


INCIDENT: P.C. 664/187 Attempted Murder on a Peace Officer/Officer Involved Shooting


LOCATION: 22500 block of Bear Valley Road, Apple Valley


SUSPECT: James Jaimez, 30 years old


VICTIM(S): Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies


: 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.


Detectives followed 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 the vehicle.


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 investigation.


Detectives learned 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 Department-Homicide Detail

Phone No.       (909) 387-3589

Case No.         181403525


JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department                      

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700

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