San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
Press Release

DATE/TIME: Monday, October 30, 2017
INCIDENT: Attempt Murder of a Peace Officer/ Deputy Involved Shooting
LOCATION: Haven Ave. / Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga
SUSPECT: Kenneth Elijah Perry, 22 years old, resident of Fontana
VICTIM: Kimberly Watkins, San Bernardino Co. Sheriff’s Sergeant, 26-year veteran – Assigned to the Rancho Cucamonga Station


On Monday, October 30, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. patrol Sergeant Kimberly Watkins responded to a welfare check after dispatch received a call from a male who was making incoherent statements. Sergeant Watkins made contact with the male, later identified as Kenneth Perry, in the Hobby Lobby parking lot near his vehicle. Shortly after contacting Perry, he became combative and produced a knife, then attacked Sergeant Watkins. A struggle ensued and Sergeant Watkins was stabbed and suffered numerous lacerations, but was able to fire her duty weapon at the suspect several times. Sergeant Watkins held Perry at gunpoint until additional deputies arrived and took custody of him. Sergeant Watkins was airlifted to a local hospital where she is being treated for her injuries. She is in critical but stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.

Sheriff’s Homicide Detail responded and are conducting the investigation.

Investigators determined later that Kenneth Perry suffered a graze wound to his upper thigh. Perry received a medical evaluation prior to being transported to West Valley Detention Center for booking.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Homicide Detail, Detective Nick Clark 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

To view photo of suspect’s weapon:
Refer: Detective Nick Clark or Sergeant Dave Johnson
Station: Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail
Phone No. (909) 387-3589
Case No. DR #111714290 H#2017-105

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