Near Lucerne Valley Remote Area
County Sheriff Aviation Unit
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San Bernardino County Sheriff Aviation Unit responded Thursday,
September 26, 2019 at 4:20 P.M., to 9-1-1 call,
from a male subject reporting a self-inflicted gunshot
wound. The subject reported he was in a wooded area somewhere on a mountain.
The subject’s cell phone generated coordinates to his location. A San Bernardino
County Sheriff 40-King #35 helicopter and Sheriff Patrol Deputies responded to
the area provided by the subject’s cell phone.
The helicopter crew located the injured victim in a remote mountainous
area, where it was necessary to execute a hoist rescue.
The 40K5 Aviation Unit, of pilot Deputy Doug Brimmer, Crew
Chief Deputy Brad Heard, and Hoist Rider Deputy Lauren Abernathy, flew to the
location of the injured man. Upon their
arrival to the area of the victim, they noticed the location was being used to
grow marijuana, with several marijuana plants growing along the hillsides.
Sheriff Deputy Abernathy
was lowered approximately 78’ to the subject, with a gunshot wound to his lower
leg. The Deputy placed the injured man into a rescue harness and recovered the
subject was hoisted up to the helicopter and flown to a landing zone nearby.
The subject was transferred to a California
Highway Patrol helicopter with a paramedic onboard; then flown to Loma
Linda University Medical Center for treatment.
weapon was turned over to Victor Valley Sheriff Deputies for processing.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff Marijuana Enforcement Team
was notified of
the marijuana grow. San Bernardino County Sheriff Aviation
Unit personnel reminds the public
that these types of
mountainous marijuana grows can be dangerous and are usually protected by armed
If you encounter these types of grows during your hikes, please
back away and notify law enforcement.