A woman believed to have been armed with a gun was shot and killed by deputies on a hiking trail near Big Bear on Monday, Jan. 30, authorities said.
Around 1:30 a.m., a domestic disturbance was reported at a residence in the 800 block of Spruce Lane in Sugarloaf, just south of Big Bear, said San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Gloria Huerta. A man at the home had suffered minor injuries to his hands and face.
A woman who was at the home and reportedly armed with a handgun left in a vehicle before deputies arrived, prompting a search of the area.
An unoccupied vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s was later found at the Maple Hill Trails, about a mile from the home, authorities said.
Deputies searched the trails and found the woman, still armed with a gun, and “a lethal force encounter occurred,” a Sheriff’s Department statement said.
The suspect was shot by deputies and pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators believe the woman did not fire back at the deputies, Huerta said. Information on why deputies fired at the suspect was not immediately released.
The identity of the suspect, a 30-year-old resident of Sugarloaf, was not released pending notification of family.
No deputies were injured during the shooting.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting should contact the Specialized Investigations Division at 909-890-4904. Callers wishing to remain anonymous should contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or go to www.wetip.com