SAN BERNARDINO >> Investigators shall be holding a press convention later this morning to launch further particulars on the capturing of a Hesperia deputy, together with the likelihood the alleged shooter can also be tied to a string of violent crimes within the Inland Empire this week.
Kenneth Scott Welch, 37, of Redlands was arrested late Thursday morning at his Redlands residence within the Redlands Ranch cellular house group, 1721 E. Colton Ave.
He’s accused of capturing a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy hours earlier following an armed theft of a Hesperia fuel station.
Regulation enforcement studies point out Welch could also be related to Wednesday morning’s deadly capturing of Mario Anthony Figueroa, forty eight, of Redlands in Highland and Tuesday night’s double-capturing on the 210 freeway in Rialto, nevertheless, sheriff’s officers wouldn’t remark publicly on the attainable hyperlink.
“We’re unable to verify as of but,” sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Sarkis Ohannessian stated in an e-mail. “Detectives are taking a look at all angles to see what else this individual could also be concerned in. I’m assured they’re taking a look at each open case conceivable.”
The armed theft was reported eleven:sixteen p.m. Wednesday at a fuel station at Escondido Avenue and Ranchero Street in Hesperia, the information launch states. One of many responding deputies was Patrick Higgins, who discovered that the robber, later recognized as Welch, reportedly stole a number of gadgets from the shop and assaulted an worker earlier than fleeing in a darkish-coloured Chrysler.
Based on the information launch, the deputies started in search of the car within the space. When Higgins returned to the fuel station about 12:38 a.m. Thursday he noticed a car matching the outline.
“Deputy Higgins approached the car and gave a number of instructions for the suspect to point out his palms and exit the car,” the information launch states. “The suspect refused to adjust to any of the instructions and Higgins deployed pepper spray. Virtually instantly, the suspect started capturing at Deputy Higgins, hanging him as soon as within the chest.”
Higgins, whose physique armor saved his life, returned to his patrol automotive whereas exchanging gunfire with Welch after which adopted Welch as he fled north on Escondido Street, the information launch states.
Pictures circulated via the media and on-line confirmed Higgins’ patrol car riddled with bullet holes.
Higgins quickly overlooked Welch’s car and stopped to name for medical assist. The 25-yr-previous deputy was taken to a hospital “with vital trauma to his chest space” and was launched later Thursday morning, the information launch states.
Sheriff’s investigators later arrived on the quiet Redlands group and arrested Welch. Authorities towed a darkish-coloured Chrysler with a shattered again window from the house.
Residents of the group have been shocked to study of Welch’s reported hyperlink to Higgins’ capturing and his probably involvement in different shootings.
Welch was booked into…