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Deputy shooting in Victorville — in which suspect fired 2 shots — found justified

By in Press Enterprise on November 15, 2017

By Michael Watanabe

Deputies who shot at a North Carolina man – in two related incidents – were found justified by the District Attorney’s Office in a 2015 Victorville shooting that left the suspect wounded.

The report from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office regarding a shooting Jan. 6, 2015, was released Tuesday.

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The suspect, Strader Surratt, 32, pleaded guilty Oct. 5, 2017, and has been sentenced to 30 years in prison on two counts of attempted murder and two counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer.

The report from the DA’s Office gave this account of the incident:

At 10:39 p.m. Jan. 6, 2015, deputies Fernando Caballero and Osiel Reyes spotted a Jeep Cherokee that Caballero believed was associated with drug activity.

The pair noticed the Jeep has expired registration tags and pulled the vehicle over at Seneca Road near Navarro Driver. Two men and a woman were inside.

  • Video: Scenes from the shooting after a Victorville traffic stop

Reyes approached the driver’s side and Caballero spoke with the passenger, later identified as Surratt.

Reyes asked the driver to step out of the vehicle and received permission to search him.

Caballero believed that Surratt was under the influence of drugs; Surratt would later admit that he had taken methamphetamine earlier in the day.

Caballero then asked Surratt to step out of the car; instead of complying, Surratt reached for his waistband. Caballero spotted something brown and metal, began to back away and started firing.

Reyes, who was preparing to search the driver, heard the gunfire, pushed the driver out of the way and began firing into the Jeep.

  • Photos: Scenes from the shooting after a Victorville traffic stop

After the gunfire stopped, the deputies evacuated the woman from the Jeep.

Surratt would later say that the handgun was given to […]    

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