San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: February 17, 2016/3:49 p.m.

INCIDENT: Narcotics Investigation and Officer Involved Shooting

LOCATION: 9500 block of Effen Street, Rancho Cucamonga

SUSPECT:Michael Villarreal, 54, resident of Rancho Cucamonga


On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at approximately 3:49 p.m., Multiple Enforcement Team (MET) deputies from the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department served a narcotics search warrant in the 9500 block of Effen Street in Rancho Cucamonga. Upon arrival, deputies located people in the front yard and in the open garage that alerted subjects inside the residence that law enforcement officers were arriving. Deputies entered the residence and immediately encountered Michael Villarreal. A deputy fired one round at Villarreal after he reached for a handgun. Villarreal was not injured as a result of the shooting and was taken into custody. Numerous other subjects at the residence were detained.
Detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail responded to the location and conducted the officer involved shooting (OIS) investigation. At the conclusion of the OIS investigation, MET deputies conducted a narcotics investigation and searched the residence. During the search, deputies located approximately 355 THC Edibles, 117 Marijuana plants and 5 lbs. of Marijuana. The narcotics investigation is on-going.
Villarreal was booked for Cultivation and Sales of Marijuana and bail has been set at $50,000.
Anyone with information regarding the OIS investigation is urged to contact Detective Michael Cleary or Sergeant Greg Myler of the Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail at (909) 387-3589 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (909) 387-8313. Anyone with information regarding the sales of narcotics is urged to contact Deputy Jesse Guzman or Sergeant Mario Salazar at 909-477-2800. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or the We-Tip website at

Refer: Detective Michael Cleary or Sergeant Greg Myler

Station: Specialized Investigation Division – Homicide Detail

Phone No. (909) 387-3589

Case No.H#2016-010/111602083

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