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SBSD - Victorville Police Department
Wednesday May 15th, 2019 :: 04:29 p.m. PDT


Deputies arrest Eric Cox after he shot his Uncle during an argument at a Victorville home

DATE/TIME: May 15, 2019 / 9:11am

INCIDENT: Attempted Murder

LOCATION: 14800 block of Totem Pole Street, Victorville

SUSPECT: Eric Jon Cox, 32-year old Victorville resident

VICTIM: Alfred Montez, 58 years old

SUMMARY: On May 15, 2019, deputies from the Victorville Police Department responded to an assault with a weapon call in the 14800 block of Totem Pole Street. The caller stated that a man at the residence had been shot and the suspect had fled the location.

Upon arrival, deputies learned the victim, 58-year old Alfred Montez, was at the location visiting family. The victim noticed that the suspect, his nephew, had a handgun on him and mentioned it to another family member. The suspect confronted the victim and the two began to argue. The argument escalated into a physical struggle between the two, and the suspect pistol whipped the victim. The struggle continued, and the victim was shot once in the upper torso.

An extensive search utilizing Sheriff’s Aviation, deputies, detectives, and a canine team, was conducted throughout the area. Through the extensive search and investigation, information was gathered which led deputies to a house in the 10800 block of Sixth Avenue in Hesperia where the suspect was located, and the handgun recovered.

The suspect, identified as Eric Jon Cox, a convicted felon on Post Release Community Supervision, was arrested and transported to a local hospital for evaluation. He will be booked for attempted murder and the report forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review and consideration of further charges.

The victim’s injuries appeared to be non-life threatening and he was transported to a nearby trauma center for treatment.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Detective M. Gardea at the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at

Refer: Mara Rodriguez, Media Relations

Station: Victorville Police Department

Case #: 171904214

Phone No. (760) 241-2911

JOHN MCMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Victorville Police Department
14200 Amargosa Rd
Victorville, CA 92392

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 909-387-3700

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