Hesperia man was fatally shot by deputies after making false report of home invasion, officials say

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Friday, September 22, 2023
Hesperia man killed by deputies after false report, officials say
Investigators say a Hesperia man was fatally shot after he made a false report of an armed robbery at his own home and confronted deputies with a weapon.

HESPERIA, Calif. (KABC) -- New details have emerged about the fatal shooting of a man by sheriff's deputies at a home in Hesperia.

Initial reports indicated that San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies shot a man believed to be a burglary suspect Wednesday night in the 13200 block of Sunland Street.

But investigators say they have now concluded that the 43-year-old man who was shot actually lived at the home, called in a false burglary report and confronted responding deputies while wearing a mask and carrying a BB gun.

The man, who was declared dead at the scene, has been identified as Abel Valensia, 43.

The incident unfolded around 7 p.m. The sheriff's department says a man, later determined to be Valensia, reported an armed home invasion robbery at his residence, saying he was hiding in a closet while armed men were inside.

As a deputy arrived at the home, officials say a man emerged wearing a mask and carrying what appeared to be a handgun. They say the man pointed the gun at the deputy, who fired at him. He continued moving forward as the deputy took cover and additional deputies arrived.

The man in the mask was struck by gunfire and later pronounced dead at the scene. One deputy was treated for minor injuries.

Investigators later identified Valensia as the man in the mask and determined he was carrying a BB gun. They say his report of a home invasion robbery was false. No possible motive for his actions has been disclosed.

The video in the player above is from a previous report on this incident.