Semi-truck driver shot, killed after Hi-Desert pursuit

A truck driver was shot and killed by Sheriff’s deputies after a 62-mile pursuit that ended in Yucca Valley.

Police were called to a home in Apple Valley by a person who believed they were being burglarized, according to Z107.7. The suspect’s vehicle was quickly spotted and the driver refused to pull over for the police.

The driver headed out to Highway 247 and, when police attempted to put down spike strips in Apple Valley, officials say the driver steered his truck toward the deputy, but did not hit him.

A second spike strip was set at Highway 247 and Linn Road in Landers – where the driver is said to have shot at the deputies who were outside their patrol unit. A Sheriff’s helicopter following the truck then fired at the truck in an attempt to disable it.

The driver later reached Highway 62 in Yucca Valley, where he attempted to make a U-turn on the highway at Pinon Drive. During the turn, the truck slammed into a patrol car and shot at the deputy inside. The deputy returned fire and the truck hit a dirt berm on the side of the highway. Additional deputies arrived and shot at the suspect, killing him, reports ABC 7.

The deputy in the rammed car suffered minor injuries.