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Traffic Stop Leads to a

Deputy Involved Shooting



Late Saturday, May 4, 2019, morning, when a Sheriff Deputy of the San Bernardino County Sheriff/Needles Station while on duty driving a Sheriff’s Department official unit near Lenwood Road in Barstow, California, another vehicle almost collided with the deputy’s vehicle.  The officer conducted a traffic stop. 


A passenger in the vehicle, Antwon Rivers was armed with a handgun but fled on foot, away from the deputy. The officer ordered Rivers to stop running and drop the weapon. Rivers ignored the deputy’s orders and turned and fired his handgun numerous times at the Sheriff Deputy. Fearing for his own safety and the safety of the public, the officer involved shooting occurred. Rivers was able to avoid detention by the Sheriff Deputy and ran behind a large vacant building. 


The Specialized Enforcement Detail (SED) of the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department  responded to the scene and conducted a search for Rivers. The SED Deputies located Rivers hiding in a bathroom, unhurt. Rivers was transported and booked into the Barstow jail for PC 664/187 – Attempted Murder on a Police Officer. 

Antwon Rivers 35 years old, is a resident of Barstow, California. 

San Bernardino County Sheriff of the Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact the Specialized Investigations Division, Detective Eric Ogaz at (909) 387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at (800)78-CRIME or   


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