Needles Sheriff Deputies Attempt Traffic Stop
to Suspect’s Death
September 5, 2022__ San Bernardino County
Sheriff Deputies assigned to the Needles Station conducted a traffic stop of a maroon, Toyota
Scion, occupied by two people. Just after 3:00 P.M. Saturday, September 3, 2022
the two Sheriff Deputies discovered the passenger of the vehicle was a protected
person in a court-ordered domestic violence restraining order
against the driver, Nikolas McPheter.
When the deputies attempted to detain McPheter, he resisted,
and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, McPheter gained control of a
deputy’s firearm and a lethal force encounter occurred.
McPheter was struck
by gunfire and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide
Detail responded and assumed the investigation.
This investigation is ongoing an no further information is
available for release. Anyone with information regarding this case is
urged to contact the Homicide Detail at 909-890-4908.
Callers wishing to
remain anonymous should call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or go