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SHERIFF SWAT TEAM ON SCENE FOR ACTIVE SHOOTER IN FLAMINGO HEIGHTS

Breaking News…

Sheriff’s Deputies and A Swat Team are working on an armed barricaded suspect incident at Napa and Fortuna in Flamingo Heights just east of highway 247. A Sheriff’s spokesman said the suspect was actively shooting at deputies from the residence. Please stay out of the area. Suspect is contained to the residence at this time. More information will be updated as it becomes available.

TOP STORIES OF 2019, PART 3

In the third part of our series about top stories in the Morongo Basin in 2019, a Yucca Valley man who was holding his girlfriend hostage was shot and killed by SWAT team members. On June 27, Eric Sandoval, 41, beat Danielle Robarge, stomped on her head, and shot her in the head. When SWAT team members heard the gunshot, they stormed the house and shot and killed Sandoval. Robarge is recovering from her injuries.

The Morongo Basin suffered a double punch in July, with an earthquake and then a monsoon in one day. On July 22 at 9:26 a.m., a magnitude 4.2 earthquake, centered 10 miles south of Twentynine Palms in Joshua Tree National Park rattled our nerves but caused no damage or injuries. Then, at about 2:30 p.m., a monsoon swept through Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms Monday afternoon causing flash flooding and shutting down Highway 62 for hours.

A former Twentynine Palms Marine was convicted in August of murdering two Twentynine Palms women. Rafael Aikens went to the home of Christy McKissic, 31, and Renee Metcalf, 62, March 24, 2017. He shot both women, and attempted to shoot McKissic’s 10-year-old daughter, before fleeing. He was sentenced to two life sentences in prison. 

We’ll have more of the Morongo Basin’s top stories of 2019 in future newscasts.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN KILLS HIMSELF AFTER SHOOTING AT DEPUTIES IN ARMED STANDOFF

A Yucca Valley man killed himself Saturday following an armed standoff with deputies. About 7:20 p.m., deputies were called to the 58100 block of Pimlico Street in Yucca Valley by a family member who said that David Rodrigue, 52—who was armed with a gun—was threatening her and her family, had fired the gun inside the home, and had threatened suicide. When deputies arrived, they were able to help the family get out of the home safely. Deputies contacted Rodrigue and urged him to surrender and leave the house. Rodrigue shot at deputies, narrowly missing them. At that time, deputies called for assistance from the Specialized Enforcement Division who continued negotiations with Rodrigue.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, December 1, Rodrigue stopped talking to negotiators and refused to answer his phone. Deputies deployed a chemical agent in the home in an attempt to get him to leave the house. When he did not come out, deputies sent in a robot which found David Rodrigue with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and a handgun next to him. He was pronounced deceased inside the home. No family members or deputies were injured during the incident. The Riverside County Coroner’s office will conduct the autopsy.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN KILLS HIMSELF FOLLOWING ARMED STAND-OFF WITH DEPUTIES

A Yucca Valley man killed himself Saturday following an armed standoff with deputies. About 7:20 p.m., deputies were called to the 58100 block of Pimlico Street in Yucca Valley by a family member who said that David Rodrigue, 52—who was armed with a gun—was threatening her and her family, had fired the gun inside the home, and had threatened suicide. When deputies arrived, they were able to help the family get out of the home safely. Deputies contacted Rodrigue and urged him to surrender and leave the house. Deputies heard Rodrigue shoot his gun inside the home. and so they called for assistance from the Specialized Enforcement Division, who continued negotiations with Rodrigue.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, December 1, Rodrigue stopped talking to negotiators and refused to answer his phone. Deputies deployed a chemical agent in the home in an attempt to get him to leave the house. When he did not come out, deputies sent in a robot which found David Rodrigue with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and a handgun next to him. He was pronounced deceased inside the home. No family members or deputies were injured during the incident. The Riverside County Coroner’s office will conduct the autopsy.

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RELEASES MORE INFORMATION ABOUT DEPUTY-INVOLVED SHOOTING IN MORONGO VALLEY

The Sheriff’s Department has released additional information about the deputy-involved shooting following an hours-long standoff in Morongo Valley Tuesday. According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies went to the home of Jacob Cato, 34, after a neighbor called about 8:15 Tuesday morning to report that Cato was firing a gun toward his home in the 53500 block of 29 Palms Highway. When deputies arrived, they heard shots being fired, followed by Cato walking to the front of the house. When Cato saw the deputies, he barricaded himself in the house. Deputies called in a helicopter and a SWAT team, along with a Specialized Enforcement Detail to assist with the negotiations. Investigators have since learned that Cato fired shots at the Sheriff’s helicopter as it flew over his home, and filmed the incident, saying the shots were “warning shots to get that helicopter out of this airspace.” About 1:30 p.m. Cato walked out of his home and pointed his gun at deputies and fired it; the deputies returned fire. Jacob Cato was pronounced dead at the scene.