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Monday January 11th, 2021 :: 10:00 a.m. PST


Deputies responded to a residence in the 17800 block of Sunburst Rd following the report of possible intruders

DATE/TIME: Saturday, January 9, 2021            
INCIDENT:    Attempt Murder/Deputy-Involved Shooting
LOCATION: 17800 Sunburst Road, Victorville (Spring Valley Lake community)
SUSPECT:    Betty Francois, 91 years old, resident of Victorville (Spring Valley Lake community)
On Saturday, January 9, 2021, at 9:34 a.m., deputies responded to a 911 call reporting unknown subjects attempting to break into the Sunburst Road residence. Deputies arrived and a woman, later identified as Betty Francois, came out the front door of the home armed with a shotgun. Deputies gave her commands to drop the gun, then she pointed the gun at the deputies, and a deputy-involved shooting occurred.  Francois was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and remained hospitalized.
Detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division responded to conduct the investigation.
The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information, or anyone who witnessed the incident, is asked to contact Detective Scott Abernathy, Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail at (909)387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78CRIME or
Refer:             Detective Scott Abernathy or Sergeant Jon Woods
Station:          Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail
Phone No.     (909)387-3589
Case No.       172100288/602100004           H#2021-007
JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department               

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