FONTANA (CBSLA) — Police say an 18-year-old man shot and killed his mother in her home in Fontana and then tried to ambush officers arriving at the scene.

Gunfire was first reported at about 1:45 a.m. Thursday at a home on Mountain High Drive, just off Cherry Drive.

Officers arrived and found Fabian Dusten Cardona hiding near the passenger door of a white pickup truck, according to Fontana Police spokesman Rich Guerrero.

Cardona was armed with a scoped AR-15 style rifle and aimed the gun in their direction of the officers, Guerrero said. After an officer fired one round at Cardona, missing him, police say Cardona immediately dropped his rifle and surrendered to the officers.

Fabian Dusten Cardona was arrested Thursday. (Photo via Fontana PD)

Investigators say Cardona killed the 50-year-old woman, then began pounding on neighbor’s doors and firing more shots, hitting other people’s property before officers had arrived.

They later determined Cardona was the victim’s son and lived at the home with her, according to Guerrero.

Cardona was not hurt, and no shots were fired at the officers.

Neighbor Jeremiah Schultz says he watched the scene unfold from his home.

“I saw him when he dropped the weapon, put his hands up. He seemed a little disoriented cause he put his hands up and put them back down on his head, put his hands up, slurred speech,” he said.

Cardona was booked into the West Valley Detention Center on suspicion of homicide.

Detectives are trying to determine a motive to the shooting.


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