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Witnesses sought to San Bernardino assault that left sheriff’s deputy ‘extremely critical’

By in Press Enterprise on January 3, 2018

By Brian Rokos

San Bernardino police investigators urgently want to talk with anyone who witnessed an altercation after a traffic collision Sunday, Dec. 31, that left a 70-year-old San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy fighting for his life.

Investigators also ask that anyone who spoke with officers at the scene of the collision, the intersection of Kendall Drive and University Parkway in San Bernardino, to talk with police again.

Police ask witnesses to call Detective Casto at 909-384-5747 or Sgt. Mahan at 909-388-4955 “ASAP,” a Police Department Facebook post said.

Police were at the collision scene Tuesday interviewing people in nearby businesses.

Authorities are not releasing the name of the deputy because the incident is under investigation, sheriff’s Lt. Sarkis Ohannessian said Tuesday.

The deputy, a 33-year veteran of the force, is in “extremely critical condition,” Ohannessian said. “We don’t know how it’s going to turn. It’s hour-by-hour.”

About 10:50 a.m. Sunday, the deputy, who was off-duty, collided with a vehicle driven by an unidentified suspect. Both vehicles stopped and the drivers got out. The suspect then struck the 70-year-old, causing severe injuries, according to the Facebook post.

The unidentified driver has been taken into custody, but no further information about the driver has been released.

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Staff Writer Beatriz E. Valenzuela contributed to this report.


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