Man shot by deputy in Yucca Valley theft case identified as Twentynine Palms resident
By Gail Wesson
Sheriff’s deputies identified a 22-year-old Twentynine Palms resident as the suspect who was wounded in an officer-involved shooting Monday morning, Jan. 8, when authorities say he refused deputies’ commands to drop a gun he was carrying, according to a sheriff’s news release.
Daryll Speer was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive, according to the release.
Deputies responded to the area of Amador Avenue and Navajo Trail in Yucca Valley about 7:30 a.m. after receiving a report of suspicious persons running through multiple backyards, dressed in black and carrying an object covered by a tan blanket.
They made contact with a woman and man in a drainage area near Trojan Way and Highway 62, where the suspect refused to drop the weapon, leading the deputy to fire, according to the sheriff’s release.
Investigators determined Speer was entering unlocked vehicles and backyards. Two residents have told investigators they were theft victims.