Yucca Valley man shot, killed in Arizona after 146-mile pursuit that crossed state lines

A Yucca Valley man who led authorities on a pursuit from Yucca Valley into Arizona was shot and killed Thursday, officials said Saturday.

Deputies with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department tried to pull over 26-year-old Christian Albarran just before 11 am near Dumosa Avenue and Yucca Trail, according to KTLA. The department was aware the Albarran had two outstanding felony warrants for domestic violence and identity theft.

A concerned citizen told police that Albarran might be armed earlier in the day.

Albarran did not stop the 2006 Ford Focus for police and drove from Yucca Valley to the 10 Freeway, where the California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit.

The CHP followed Albarran to La Paz County, Arizona. They alerted the the Arizona Department of Public Safety that Albarran was suspected to be dangerous and armed with a handgun.

“Based on the fact the suspect vehicle was registered to an address in Quartzsite, AZ, CHP personnel believed that may be the suspect’s destination,” a statement from Arizona officials said. “As a result of information provided by CHP, Arizona troopers began to stage eastbound on I-10, near the California state line.”

The vehicle was spotted by officials around 2:15 p.m. exiting the 10 Freeway at Ehrenberg Road. Officials say they tried to talk to Albarran, but he refused to follow repeated commands and made a “rapid and furtive movement indicating a lethal threat,” reports AZCentral.

Officers fatally shot Albarran while ordering him to keep his hands visible.

Police could not confirm that a gun was found in his vehicle.  The incident is under investigation.


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