At approximately 6:10 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5 Riverside County Sheriff deputies contacted two males who were standing next to a parked vehicle near the 1200 block of Calimesa Blvd. because they believed the two subjects were engaging in an illegal narcotics activity.
The deputies exited their patrol vehicle to make contact with the males. One of the males immediately followed the deputies’ orders and was detained, while the other male sat down inside the vehicle ignoring the other deputy’s commands. During that contact, the subject who was seated in the vehicle removed a handgun from his pocket and an officer involved shooting occurred.
The suspect, John Sawyer, 36, of Yucaipa died at the scene. No deputies were injured and per department policy the involved deputy will be placed on paid administrative leave.
During the investigation, the weapon was determined to be a replica handgun. A semi-automatic SKS-type assault rifle was also found in the vehicle.
Investigators from the Cabazon Sheriff's Station and the Riverside County Sheriff's Central Homicide Unit responded to the scene and assumed control of the investigation. This is an active investigation, and no further details will be released at this time. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Investigator Dusek at the Riverside Sheriff's Central Homicide Unit (760) 393-3531 or Investigator Lane with the Cabazon Sheriff's Station (951)-922-7100.Citizens may also submit an anonymous tip using the Sheriff's Homicide Tipline online form.