On Wednesday, Sept. 4, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department deputies were involved in two separate shootings in Victorville. One suicidal suspect, armed with a knife was fatally shot by a deputy when he ignored commands to disarm while another suspect was non-fatally shot by multiple deputies after he assaulted a deputy, stole her gun and shot at her. The deputy's injuries were non-life threatening.
According to a sheriff's department press release, at approximately 8:25 a.m. on Wednesday a distraught female called sheriff’s dispatch yelling, “Oh my God, oh my God, send the police, I need my son removed from my home.”
The first deputy, Meagan Forsberg, arrived on scene on the 13100 block of Cabazon Court in Victorville and contacted a male subject, later identified as 21-year-old Victorville resident Ari Young, outside.
Young became combative with Forsberg and began assaulting her, repeatedly punching her in the head and face. Forsberg fell to the ground during the assault and a deputy involved shooting occurred.
Young grabbed Forsberg’s duty weapon and shot at her. As Forsberg ran toward cover, Young continued firing the handgun at her. Additional deputies responded to the location. Young who was still armed with Forsberg’s weapon, ignored commands to drop the weapon and a second deputy involved shooting occurred. Young was struck by gunfire and was transported to a local area hospital. His injuries are not considered to be life threatening.
Forsberg was transported to a local area hospital with injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. Forsberg was not struck by gunfire.
Cell phone video of the incident was recorded by an witness and posted online by several news and social media sites.
Detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail responded to the scene to conduct the investigation.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact the Specialized Investigations Division, Detective Nicholas Craig at (909) 387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at (800)78-CRIME or wetip.com.
On at approximately 9:25 the same morning, deputies responded to a residence on the 15800 block of Heatherdale Road in Victorville after the fire department requested assistance with a male subject who was possibly suicidal and had overdosed. The female reporting party indicated the male took multiple prescription pills, was armed with a knife and stated he no longer wanted to live.
When deputies arrived at the home, they found the suspect and the reporting partying confined inside a room. Deputies attempted to deescalate the situation by giving the suspect commands to drop the knife. The suspect ignored these commands and advanced on the deputies.
According to a sheriff's department report, the deputies deployed a Taser which was ineffective. The suspect continued to advance, at which point a deputy involved shooting occurred. The suspect was transported to a local area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.
The suspect was later identified as Kenneth Lawson, 62, of Victorville.