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Man Dead in Deputy Involved Shooting at Motel 6

January 21, 2017 Update

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – The suspect has been identified as Dominic Hodges (age 39 of Yucca Valley) identified as man dead in deputy involved shooting.

January 19, 2017

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Tuesday, January 17, at approximately 3:22 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Morongo Basin Station and Twentynine Palms Police responded to the Motel 6 at 72562 Twentynine Palms Hwy following the report of a man with a gun.

Deputies were advised that the reporting party was a guest at the hotel. Deputies responded to the location, conducted an area check, and did not locate any suspicious persons. Deputies then knocked on the motel room door, identifying themselves as San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, in efforts to get additional information from the reporting party. Deputies heard a gunshot from inside the room. The door then immediately opened, and the suspect fired a handgun at deputies. Fearing for their safety, deputies returned fire and retreated to cover. The suspect went back into the room and closed the door.

Deputies ordered the suspect to surrender and exit the room with his hands up peacefully. The suspect did not comply with the deputies’ demands. A female adult, later identified as Tani Garcia (age 39 of Yucca Valley), exited the room and was detained by deputies. Garcia informed the deputies that the male suspect was armed and that he was alive but injured. She stated they had been up for several days smoking methamphetamine and checked into the room a few hours earlier because they feared they were being followed by unknown persons who wanted to kill them.

SWAT personnel responded to the location and continued to try to communicate with the suspect. At approximately 8:00 a.m. SWAT personnel used a robot equipped with a camera to enter the room. The suspect (an adult male age 39 of Yucca Valley) appeared to be deceased. Deputies and fire personnel entered the room and confirmed the suspect was deceased. Deputies located a loaded Taurus 9mm handgun near the suspect. Two additional loaded magazines were located in his pants pocket. The suspect was transported to the Riverside County Coroner’s Officer where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of death.

Investigators from the Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail, responded to the location and are conducting the investigation. Tani Garcia was arrested, transported and booked into the Morongo Basin Station for HS11550 being Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance.

Several guests at the motel were evacuated for their safety during the incident. No other persons or deputies were injured.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact Detective Gary Hart or Sergeant John Gaffney at (909) 387-3589.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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