Teenager shot, arrested after attempted robbery
VICTORVILLE • Detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the shooting of a 16-year-old male by an off-duty correctional officer after the boy attempted to rob the man with a BB gun in the parking lot of Burger King on Palmdale Road on Monday night, officials said.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s dispatch received a call at 8:45 p.m. from an off-duty Lancaster correctional officer reporting a shooting in the 12077 Palmdale Road, Sgt. John Bannes of the Victorville Station said.
The off-duty officer told Victorville Sheriff’s deputies who responded to the scene that he had pulled over into the fast food restaurant’s parking lot to make a phone call when he was approached by a male with a gun who tried to rob him. The officer, who was armed, fired several shots at the suspect.
“The juvenile ran into the desert and collapsed,” Bannes said.
Authorities arrived on scene to find the 16-year-old juvenile suspect suffering from gunshot wounds in the desert area behind Burger King and took him into custody.
The gun the teen was carrying turned out to be a BB gun, officials said.
The suspect was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and his condition is unknown.
Sheriff’s Homicide Detail is investigating the attempted robbery and shooting, Bannes said.