Two critical, Las Vegas man arrested, after Cabazon shooting, Barstow pursuit
CABAZON, Calif. — Two people were critically injured and remain hospitalized after an argument in Cabazon led to a shooting in a parking lot near the Cabazon Outlet Mall Sunday morning, Jan. 24.
The alleged gunman, since identified as Erick Michael Jones, a 43-year-old resident of North Las Vegas, was arrested later the same afternoon, after leading officers in San Bernardino County on a high-speed pursuit. He remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail or bond.
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Deputies from the Cabazon Sheriff’s Station responded to the 48300 block of Seminole Drive near the Cabazon Outlet Mall at 10:21 a.m., after receiving reports of an assault with a deadly weapon, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Jaime A. Hernandez later said of the incident and subsequent arrest.
During their investigation deputies learned three people were sitting in their parked vehicle when they were approached by a man since identified as Jones, according to Hernandez.
“An argument ensued between the suspect and one of the victims,” Hernandez described; saying, “The suspect brandished a firearm and began firing at the victims in their vehicle.”
After the shooting, Jones was last seen fleeing the area in a silver Chevrolet Express Van.
Erick Jones of Las Vegas, was arrested after allegedly shooting two people before leading officials in Barstow on a high-speed chase. Barstow PD photo
Two of the victims sustained gunshot wounds and were transported to a local hospital, where they remain hospitalized in critical condition. Both victims are expected to survive their injuries, according to Hernandez.
At around 4:30 p.m., as officials in Riverside County were continuing their investigation, City of Barstow police officers were alerted to an Automated License Plate Reader alert that the van Jones was last seen in was in the area of Highpoint Parkway and Lenwood Road, in San Bernardino County.
Barstow police officers conducted a traffic stop on Lenwood Road and the driver was detained without incident. However, the passenger, later identified as Jones, “moved into the driver seat and fled northbound on the I-15,” Barstow PD has since reported.
Several officers who pursued the vehicle were joined by California Highway Patrol, whose officers assisted with the pursuit and deployed spikes strips in an effort to stop the fleeing vehicle.
The van eventually stopped near Afton Canyon Road, where Jones surrendered without further incident after a brief standoff.
During a subsequent search of the van, officers located a firearm in the vehicle; but it was not immediately known if the weapon was the same one used in the earlier shooting.
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After Jones’ apprehension, Riverside County investigators responded to Barstow where they took the alleged gunman into custody. He was then brought back to Riverside County. He was later booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on suspicion of three counts of attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Officials have not said if there was a known motive for the shooting or what may have led to the incident.
The Sheriff’s investigation into the shooting is continuing and anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Investigator Brown at the Cabazon Station at (951) 922-7100. Callers can refer to incident file number B210240003 and can remain anonymous.
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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS). Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network.
Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.
Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.