Suspected Identified in Desert Hot Springs Deputy-Involved Shooting

Suspected Identified in Desert Hot Springs Deputy-Involved Shooting

News Staff

A Desert Hot Springs man who allegedly fired a handgun inside a home occupied by family members was arrested Tuesday following a standoff, during which a deputy fired a shot, but no injuries were reported.

Desert Hot Springs police, aided by sheriff’s deputies, responded around 1:45 a.m. to the home in the 67600 block of San Gorgonio Street, where witnesses said a man was inside shooting a weapon “while family members, including children, were present,” sheriff’s Deputy Mike Vasquez said.

“Sheriff’s deputies and Desert Hot Springs police officers established a perimeter around the residence and confirmed occupants were still inside the home with the male suspect,” Vasquez said.

Vasquez said deputies contacted the armed suspect — later identified as 47-year-old Juan Gonzalez Jr. — and a deputy-involved shooting occurred around 5 a.m. Nobody was injured in the shooting. It was not immediately known if the suspect fired a shot toward deputies.

“Members of the Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau conducted a rescue of a family member within the residence and took the suspect into custody,” Vasquez said.

It was not immediately clear how many people were in the home during the standoff.

The gunfire was the second deputy-involved shooting in the desert this month.

On the evening of March 4, a 63-year-old man armed with a handgun was fatally shot by deputies who responded to a shots-fired call outside the Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center in the 39000 block of Bob Hope Drive.

Deputies involved in on-duty shootings are placed on administrative leave, per department policy, pending completion of an investigation.