YUCCA VALLEY — One man is dead and another is in jail after a shooting near Barron Drive and Hermosa Avenue Thursday afternoon.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, deputies and fire crews responded to a call of shots fired in Paradise Valley and found Martin Solomon Reyes Sr., 35, of Yucca Valley, with gunshot wounds around 1:30 p.m.
Reyes was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center, where he died an hour later.
Witnesses described a suspect who fled the scene. After a search for an armed man near El Dorado Avenue, deputies found 19-year-old Brian Cline, of Yucca Valley, on the roof of a home in the 58000 block of Paxton Road.
A man who called himself Chris lives next door to where Cline was found hiding. He said he witnessed the police standoff.
“I had a direct line of sight to him,” he said. “I was on my computer and looked up and saw him lying there on the roof of the neighbor’s house. He was right next to the swamp cooler and it looked like he was passed out. One of the cops was coming by and they yelled at him to get down or they would shoot.”
The neighbor said Cline got down from the roof and was immediately tackled by deputies.
Cline was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail on a murder charge, according to a sheriff’s department news release.
Cpl. Jim Thornburg, with the county sheriff’s department, said at the scene Thursday that narcotics officers happened to be in the area at the time of the incident and helped in the search and arrest.
A murder investigation is being handled by San Bernardino County homicide investigators.