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SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
Wednesday May 25th, 2022 :: 01:05 p.m. PDT


Discharge of a Firearm Near an Elementary School Prompts a School Lockdown in Needles

DATE/TIME: May 25, 2022 at 9:46 a.m.

INCIDENT: Discharge of a Firearm

LOCATION: B Street at Cibola Street, Needles, CA. 

SUSPECT(S):   Tylor Bell, 22-years-old, Resident of San Bernardino
                          Gerald Bell, 55-years-old, Resident of Needles     


SUMMARY: On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 9:46 a.m., deputies were dispatched to shots fired near Cibola Street and B Street. As a precaution, staff at Katie Hohstadt Elementary School placed the school on lock down.

Deputies arrived on scene and began checking the area. At 9:58 a.m., deputies contacted several subjects near B Street and Bazoobuth Street.   A firearm was recovered and two suspects, idenitifed as Tylor Bell and Gerald Franklin, are being detained.  The investigation is ongoing.

Deputies quickly determined this was not a school related incident, and no injuries were reported.   Needles Unified School District was advised and the lock down at Katie Hohstadt Elementary School was lifted. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Tim Preston or Deputy Luis Valdez at the Colorado River station at (760)326-9200. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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Refer: Detective Pennington

Station: Colorado River Station

Phone No. 760-326-9200

Case No. 212200496

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
1111 Bailey Ave
Needles, CA 92363

Emergency: 9-1-1

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