Unarmed person killed in deputy shooting near Adelanto

The state Department of Justice is investigating a shooting in San Bernardino County in which a sheriff’s deputy shot and killed an unarmed person Tuesday morning, June 21, after a traffic stop near Adelanto, authorities said.

The incident unfolded around 2:41 a.m. when a deputy made a traffic stop in the area of Highway 395 and Cactus Road, according to the Sheriff’s Department. A foot pursuit ensued and then a deputy shooting happened, sheriff’s officials said.

The person was pronounced dead at the scene and their identity was pending notification of next-of-kin, authorities said.

It wasn’t immediately clear what led to the traffic stop, what prompted the foot pursuit and what initiated the shooting. The Sheriff’s Department declined further comment on the incident, citing the DOJ’s investigation.

The DOJ’s investigation of the shooting was done under the authority of a law passed in 2020. The law, known as AB 1506, requires the state to investigate the shooting of unarmed civilians by police.

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