Suspect killed in hostage standoff

The SWAT team responded to the 4700 block of Warren Vista Avenue on Wednesday afternoon after learning that a woman was being held inside of the residence against her will.

YUCCA VALLEY — The San Bernardino County Bomb Squad, the Special Weapons and Tactics team and several deputies from the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department responded to the 4700 block of Warren Vista Avenue on Wednesday after learning that a woman was being held against her will in the residence. 

The victim, whose identity has not been released by the Sheriff’s Department, contacted her family members at about 12:42 p.m. on Wednesday and said that Eric Sandoval was threatening her life. 

Sandoval is a 41-year-old resident of Yucca Valley and the victim said that he was armed with a handgun, making threats to harm her and that she was being held against her will, said the Sheriff’s Department in a press release. 

Deputies responded to Sandoval’s home. He refused to exit the home and would not let the victim leave, they said. 

“As the day unfolded more deputies kept showing up,” said a nearby neighbor. “Eventually we saw the SWAT team show up. I took water to them because it was a hot day and they said there was someone barricaded inside of the house.”

Deputies said that they requested the SWAT team and a negotiator to speak to Sandoval. The negotiator spoke with Sandoval throughout the night. 

“The Sheriff’s department Special Weapons and Tactics team was also requested for the safety of the female,” they said in a press release. 

Multiple helicopters and the Bomb Squad also appeared on the scene. 

At about 3 a.m. deputies said that they heard gunshots inside the home. The SWAT team entered the residence and located the female victim who had a gunshot wound. She was airlifted to a local hospital in critical condition. 

Deputies located Sandoval and a deputy involved shooting occurred. Sandoval was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division, Detective Floyd Stone at (909)387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact We-Tip at (800)78-CRIME or www.wetip.com

(3) comments

idavidgraficks

I'm sorry but what were the helicopters needed for? Wouldn't ONE be enough?

booboo77

Sometimes our "small safe town" seems a lot bigger and scarier.

Mike

Hey, Sheriff John! When you’re through filling up the big old scary “Bullet Proof Truck” you need to put the gas cap back on and close the freaking door, duh?

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