VICTORVILLE, Calif. – A California sheriff’s deputy was lucky to escape with her life after an enraged suspect wrestled her to the ground, stole her firearm, and opened fire as she ran for safety.
And it was all caught on video.
Victor Valley News says that it began when a deputy responded to a 911 call from a woman yelling “Oh my God, oh my God, send the police, I need my son removed from my home,” just after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 13000 block of Cabazon Court.
Deputy Sheriff Meagan Forsberg was the first on scene. When she made contact with 21-year-old Ari Young, things took a horrific turn.
What happened next was all caught on cellphone video from a neighbor. In the video, Young can be seen coming at the deputy, repeatedly punching her in the head and face. Forsberg yells out, “I’m going to shoot you! I’m going to shoot you!” as she struggles to dodge the forceful hits.
Forsberg appears to have her gun drawn, but is unable to get a shot off on Young. As the two continue to struggle, two shots ring out. Then all of a sudden, Young manages to pull the handgun from Forsberg’s left hand.
As the deputy realizes that she’s in a life or death situation, she turns and runs. Young fumbles with the gun for a few moments, manages to chamber a round and points the gun at the fleeing deputy, firing at her.
The chaos comes to an end as the sirens grow louder and backup arrives. Forsberg’s fellow deputies got there just in time. As they drive up on Young, he puts his hands up in the air, but doesn’t drop the deputy’s gun.
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Another shot is fired, though it’s unclear whether it was from the responding units or from the suspect. In a statement, police said that Young ignored repeated commands to drop the weapon. Deputies then opened fire on the suspect, dropping him to the ground after a number of shots.
Video of the entire event was captured. Warning: viewer discretion is advised.
Mara Rodriguez is the Victorville Police Department’s Spokeswoman. She says that Forsberg was sent to the hospital for non life-threatening injuries following the fight. She was not reported to have suffered any gunshot wounds.
Rodriguez also said that Young was transported to a local hospital. His condition is unknown at this time. Officers say that they had responded to the residence twice on Tuesday, but the reason for their visits were not provided.
A witness at the scene said they watched the situation unfold.
“We were up here today from Santa Ana doing yard work, I heard the guy yelling at the cop saying he was going to kill her,” they said. “The only reason he didn’t shoot her is because she was rolling around so he didn’t have a clear shot.”
Just an hour later on Wednesday, police reported to a call from the fire department who said that a 62-year-old suicidal man had overdosed on pills and was armed with a knife. The San Bernardino Bee reported that deputies responded to the scene and commanded the man to drop the knife, but instead, he advanced on the officers.
Deputies attempted to stop the man by deploying a Taser, but it was ineffective, police said. As he continued to advance on the deputies, they opened fire, killing him.
His name was not released to the public. Police say the two shootings were unrelated.