San Bernardino County

Sheriff Deputy-involved Shooting


SBCD Specialized Investigations Division




Friday October 23, 2020, at approximately 4:39 P.M.___

San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputies/Morongo Basin Station were conducting a business check at the Tortoise Rock Casino when the suspect, Joseph McLaughlin, a known parolee-at-large with a felony arrest warrant, was seen exiting the casino. 

The Sheriff Deputies attempted to contact McLaughlin and he immediately fled on foot north across the parking lot and into the desert.  Deputies gave McLaughlin commands and he failed to obey them.  The suspect suddenly stopped, armed himself with a large rock and a deputy-involved shooting occurred.  The incident location was the desert area north of 73829 Baseline Road in Twentynine Palms. 

McLaughlin was struck by gunfire and was transported to a local area hospital; his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. 

The suspect is identified as Joseph McLaughlin, white male adult, age 30 a resident of Yucca Valley, California. 

Upon release from the hospital, McLaughlin will be booked for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and the felony arrest warrant. 


A San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputies/Morongo Basin Deputy sustained an injury and was transported to a local area hospital and was treated and released.   


San Bernardino County Sheriff Detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail responded to the location to conduct the investigation. 
No additional information is available for release, at this time.  
The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to contact SBCD Detective David Carpenter, Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail at (909) 387-3589.

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San Bernardino, CA 92408


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