Suspect in custody after police say he shot a deputy in Hesperia

A manhunt is underway for a man police say shot a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy in Hesperia.

The deputy confronted the man after a suspected robbery and tried to pepper spray him, reports ABC 7. The suspect then brandished a gun and opened fire.

The deputy was struck, but was wearing a bulletproof vest, which saved his life. He was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening.  He has since been released.

The suspect had walked out of the store at about 12:45 am without paying for vapes, according to NBC 4.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department released a surveillance photo of the man they are looking for. He is described as being in his 40s. He was wearing a collared shirt and dark sport coat inside the gas station’s convenience store and was driving a black Chrysler 200 sedan with paper license plates.

Last week, another deputy was dragged about 200 feet at the same gas station, notes the Sun.

Update: The suspect is in custody.

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