San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, March 22, 2016        2:34 p.m.

INCIDENT: Murder Investigation/Barricaded Subject

LOCATION: 4300 block of Val Verde Ave., Chino Hills

VICTIM: Robert Burdett, 53, Brea

SUSPECT: Donald McCarthy, 53, Chino Hills


UPDATE:  March 24, 2016

The victim has been identified as Robert Burdett.


On Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 2:34 p.m. deputies responded to a call of shots fired, and a man possibly shot in the 4300 block of Val Verde Ave. Deputies arrived and were advised by neighbors that a man had been shot and the suspect went inside his home before deputies arrived. Paramedics attempted lifesaving measures on the victim, but he died from his injuries a short time later.

Deputies made contact with the barricaded suspect, later identified as Donald McCarthy, but he refused to come out of the house and surrender to law enforcement. Detectives continued phone contact with McCarthy until 6:32 p.m., when he eventually exited the home and surrendered. He was taken into custody without further incident. McCarthy was booked at West Valley Detention Center for Murder and is being held without bail.

Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives responded to the scene and are conducting the investigation.

Detectives determined the victim owns a vacant piece of land adjacent to Donald McCarthy’s home. The victim was doing landscape maintenance on his property when he and McCarthy became involved in an argument, and ultimately led to McCarthy shooting the victim. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this time.

Updates will be released as new information becomes available.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Detective Brenden Motley at (909)387-3589.Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

Refer: Sergeant Greg Myler or Detective Brenden Motley

Station: Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail

Phone No. (909)387-3589

Case No. 221600986H#2016-024

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700