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San Bernardino County Sheriff




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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Just after midnight, Thursday morning a gun-battle ensued between several men and San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputies, in Adelanto, California, San Bernardino County.  A Sheriff Deputy was critically wounded when shot by a suspect.   

12:24 P.M. -  According to Sheriff Deputy Cindy Bachman, the spokeswoman for the County Sheriff said that Deputy Robert Jahn was conscious after being airlifted to Colton's Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, where he underwent surgery. 



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COLTON - San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon held a press conference early afternoon, outside Arrowhead Regional Hospital, located in Colton. McMahon identified the wounded deputy as Robert Jahn.  The five-year law enforcement veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff

Department, who was struck below his bullet-proof vest that is standard wear of the officers. 

Sheriff Deputy Robert Jahn, the married father of four teenage daughters, was joined at the medical center by his family members. 

"As you may be aware, this is the third event in the last 14 days, where our deputy sheriffs were fired upon by suspects in this county," Sheriff McMahon said. "It's important to remember that we have a great deal of community support in the county of San Bernardino, but there are some dangerous people on our streets."  

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Wounded San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputy


SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia) issued the following statement on the San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputy airlifted after being shot in Adelanto:


“I was extremely saddened to hear that a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy was shot in Adelanto early this morning. This senseless act of violence against this deputy is disheartening. I have the upmost respect and admiration for our law enforcement community who risk their lives daily to serve and protect the public. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family and I wish him a speedy recovery.” 



Immediately, a massive law enforcement team including a SWAT team, descended on the scene. Shortly before 7:00 A.M., authorities reported that two men, each 26 years-old from Los Angeles and a woman were detained, adding that a search of the building for possible additional suspects was ongoing.

The woman was said to be a possible witness.

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McMahon had been in Sacramento to participate in a meeting of the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training. He flew back early Thursday when he learned of the shooting.

Sheriff John McMahon later held a press conference outside the hospital, where he identified Jahn, a five-year veteran of the department, who was struck below the bulletproof vest he was wearing.

According to Deputy Bachman, Jahn was alert and talking before he went into surgery, but no update on his condition was available by Thursday evening.


A vigil was scheduled for San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputy Robert Jahn, this evening at Thursday 6:30 P.M. in Adelanto City Hall, 11600 Air Expressway.


Jahn has been with the department for five years after previously having no law enforcement experience. He has been assigned to the Victor Valley station for two years.


Anyone who may have information relating to this incident, may contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff. 


“Our membership is tough and resilient, and I know our deputy is fighting strong to recover,” Sgt. Grant Ward, president of the Sheriff’s Employees’ Benefit Association, the bargaining unit for deputies, said via Twitter.

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This incident report was edited by E T Russell, October 18, 2018