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DATE/TIME: Saturday, February 23, 2019/4:15 pm


INCIDENT:   Man with a Gun/Attempt Murder of a Peace Officer/Deputy Involved Shooting


LOCATION: 17900 block of Bear Valley, Victorville


SUSPECT:    Daniel David Messmer, age 24 a resident of Apple Valley


VICTIMS:      San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies



On Saturday, February 23, 2019, at approximately 4:15 pm, deputies from the Victorville Police Department, Sheriff’s Aviation and officers from the Victor Valley College responded to a report of a man with a gun inside the Shell Gas Station in the 17900 block of Bear Valley.  The reporting party stated that the suspect, later identified as Daniel David Messmer, was armed with a handgun and appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance.  Upon arrival, deputies located the suspect in the desert area east of the gas station armed with a handgun.  Deputies gave multiple commands, pleading with the suspect to drop his weapon. The suspect failed to comply with the deputies’ commands and pointed his gun at the deputies.  Fearing for their safety and the safety of nearby citizens, a deputy involved shooting occurred.  Emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene, and pronounced the suspect deceased.


Detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail responded to the scene to conduct the investigation.


No additional information is being released at this time. Updates will be issued as new information becomes available for release.


The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact the Specialized Investigations Division, Detective Simon DeMuri at (909) 387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at (800)78-CRIME or


Refer:           Detective Simon DeMuri or Sergeant Gerald Davenport


Station:         Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail


Phone No.    (909) 387-3589


Case No.      171901771    H#2019-018



JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department