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VIDEO: Suspect punches deputy, grabs gun and fires at her during altercation


VIDEO: Suspect punches deputy, grabs gun and fires at her during altercation

The confrontation began just after 8:30 a.m. in the 13000 block of Cabazon Court with a 911 call from a woman yelling “Oh my God, oh my God, send the police, I need my son removed from my home,” a sheriff’s news release said. The first deputy to arrive, Meagan Forsberg, contacted the man, identified by authorities as 21-year-old Ari Young, outside the home.

What the Sheriff’s Department said happened next was captured in a video that showed Forsberg fighting for her life. It opens with the suspect repeatedly punching Forsberg in the head and face, and Forsberg attempting to ward him off. Forsberg falls on her back, her right armed raised with her gun in hand. A shot goes off as an unknown woman screams and a woman in a pink outfit walks by.

The suspect then holds down Forsberg’s arm with both hands. Another shot is fired, and the suspect takes the gun away. Forsberg gets up and quickly moves out of camera view to the right. The suspect stands up, extends his right arm and fires in the direction in which Forsberg fled. Young fired several shots at her, the release said.

The suspect then walks to his right, and as three sheriff’s SUVs roll up with sirens screaming, he puts his hands up with the deputy’s gun still in his right hand, pointing up. After that, his actions are obscured by the trees between the suspect and the person taping the video. The suspect ignored commands to drop the gun, the release said. About a dozen shots then ring out, according to the video, with the suspect falling after about the eighth round.

The suspect was taken to the hospital in an unknown condition ( some reports suggest he survived), according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The deputy was injured but was not shot; she is expected to be O.K.

Neighbors said Forsberg arrived at the scene first and tried to arrest the suspect, but the confrontation turned violent.

After Young shot at the deputy, witness Fany Contreras said, he held the gun with both hands, extended his arms in front of his body and again pointed the firearm at her.

“She was so lucky,” Contreras said. “She was lucky this time.”

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