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San Bernardino deputies shoot and kill homicide suspect in Lake Arrowhead

San Bernardino County deputies shoot, kill homicide suspect in Lake Arrowhead
San Bernardino County deputies shoot, kill homicide suspect in Lake Arrowhead 01:08

San Bernardino deputies have shot and killed a homicide suspect in Lake Arrowhead.

"This was an isolated incident and not an active shooter," San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department tweeted. 

The fatal shooting happened at the Mag.Pi clothing store, near the areas of Torrey Road between SR-173 and Rause Ranch Road. Deputies asked residents and passersby to avoid the aforementioned area plus the 28000 block of Hook Creek to Cedar Glen.

"When deputies arrived, they located the victim, identified as Laura Anna Carleton, suffering from a gunshot wound," said a statement from SBCSD on Saturday. "Emergency medical personnel pronounced Carleton deceased at the scene."

According to the statement, deputies encountered the armed suspect a short distance away. When they attempted to approach him, the shooting occurred. Exact circumstances leading up to what prompted the deputies to open fire remain unclear. 

"Through further investigation, detectives learned the suspect made several disparaging remarks about a rainbow flag that stood outside the store before shooting Carleton," deputies said. 

No deputies were hurt in the encounter. 

San Bernardino County Supervisor Dawn Rowe issued a statement following news of the incident. 

"Last night, we suffered the tragic loss of Lauri Carleton, owner of Mag.Pi boutique and beloved member of the Cedar Glen community," Rowe's statement said. "This senseless act of hate and violence is unthinkable and I stand with my mountain communities as we mourn this incredible loss. Everyone deserves to live free of hate and discrimination and practice their constitutional right of freedom of speech. Lauri was a remarkable member of the community and I send my deepest condolences to her family in this time of grief."

Anyone with further information on the incident is asked to contact investigators at (909) 890-4904. 

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