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SWAT team shoots Victorville man, ends hours-long standoff

March 14, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 54-year-old Victorville man was shot by a sheriff's SWAT team Tuesday morning.

San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies were called to a residence on the 15400 block of Polo Court in Victorville at about 3:43 a.m. Tuesday. A person was reportedly yelling for help.

Deputies arrived to find Victorville resident Sheila Miller, 60, in a neighbor's back yard with a gunshot wound to her lower body. Miller told deputies she was shot by her husband, Sammie Walton, 54.

Deputies tried to contact Walton at his residence, but Walton brandished a weapon and barricaded himself inside his residence, according to the sheriff's department.

A Special Enforcement SWAT team was summoned to the scene. The team spent several hours negotiating and attempting tactics to get Walton to surrender, according to the department.

The SWAT team then entered the residence, at which point Walton pointed a gun at deputies. Deputies fired, striking Walton in the upper body.

Walton was hospitalized at Antelope Valley Hospital with wounds that were not thought to be life-threatening, according to the sheriff's department. Miller was hospitalized at a different location.

Walton was to be charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, according to the sheriff's department.

Anyone with any information regarding this investigation is urged to call Detective Randy German or Sergeant Brad Toms at (909) 387-3589 at the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Detail. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact the We-Tip Hotline at (800) 78-CRIME (27463).


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