MORENO VALLEY (CBSLA.com) — A body was found inside a car belonging to a suspect who reportedly got in a shootout with sheriff’s deputies in Yucaipa Friday.
Brian David Forrett, 52, was wanted by deputies after allegedly firing on them and ramming a sheriff’s car with his vehicle before fleeing.
The vehicle was found in the Angelus Oaks area off Highway 38 near mile marker 22, according to authorities.
CBS2/KCAL9 reporter Bobby Kaple spoke to Rand Naquin of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
“The license plate matches. There is a body inside the vehicle. It appears to be a deceased male. We don’t know [officially] if it’s the suspect in yesterday’s shooting,” said Naquin. “We haven’t had 100 percent confirmation.”
The CHP also said today that Forrett was “a person of interest” in a murder committed on Feb. 6 in Riverside.
Wanda Rose Heczko, a 79-year-old woman found dead in her home, was physically assaulted.
The Friday incident in the 11900 block of 2nd Street occurred about 11:19 a.m. According to authorities, deputies had responded to a call at that location for an “unwanted subject.”
Upon arriving on scene, a deputy made contact with Forrett who was allegedly uncooperative and produced a handgun.
Deputies say Forrett opened fire, yelling that he was going to kill the deputy. The deputy took cover but eventually returned fire.
The deputy said the suspect then got in his vehicle and rammed a police cruiser before fleeing.
The deputy was not injured by the gunfire. It’s not know if Forrett sustained any injuries.