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DATE/TIME: Tuesday, December 4, 2018         9:31 p.m.

INCIDENT:    Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Deputy Involved Shooting

LOCATION: 11800 block of Hemlock Avenue, Hesperia

SUSPECT:    Oligario Puente, 32 years old, resident of Hesperia


On Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 9:31 p.m. deputies were called to a residence after the caller stated a family member, Oligario Puente, was armed with a gun and knife and threatening to harm other family members. When deputies arrived, they located Puente south of the home and armed with a knife. As deputies tried to communicate with Puente, giving commands to drop the knife, he moved toward a deputy and a Taser was deployed. The Taser was ineffective, and Puente ran to a nearby vehicle and attempted to start it, then attempted to enter the family home.  Deputies continued to give Puente commands to drop his weapon, all of which he ignored. In an attempt to prevent injuries to deputies and the public, deputies used less lethal bean bag munitions, but they were also ineffective. Moments later, while still armed with a knife, Puente advanced toward deputies and a deputy involved shooting occurred.

Puente was injured and transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for treatment. He remains hospitalized.

Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives responded to conduct the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Homicide Detail, Detective Max Kunzman at (909)387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at (800)78-CRIME or



Refer:             Detective Max Kunzman or Sergeant A.J. Gibilterra

Station:          Sheriff’s Specialized Investigation Division – Homicide Detail

Phone No.     (909)387-3589

Case No.       DR#191809482        H#2018-113

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department