The Los Angeles Police Department was notified early Sunday morning about a disturbing incident involving three of our employees, that occurred just after 1:00 am in an unincorporated area of Apple Valley.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a shooting call at the Stoddard Wells Off-Highway Vehicle Area. They arrived to find one of our three employees, an off-duty police officer, suffering from a gunshot wound. The officer was airlifted to a nearby hospital and is in stable condition and expected to survive. A second employee, an off-duty supervisor, was not injured by the third accused employee, identified as Police Officer III Ismael Tamayo, assigned to the Department’s Newton Division.
Uniform personnel from the SBCSD located Ismael Tamayo nearby and he was taken into custody. At the time of his arrest he was in possession a firearm.
Ismael Tamayo was booked for Attempted Murder 664/187(a) PC.
Investigators from the LAPD’s Force Investigation Division of Professional Standards Bureau, responded to the scene and initiated an administrative investigation. The Department is fully cooperating with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office in their criminal investigation.
In response to the arrest, Police Chief Michel Moore expressed disappointment and frustration, “The events overnight culminating in the serious injury to our off-duty officer, apparently at the hands of another member of this Department, give me great concern. I spoke earlier this morning with San Bernardino Sheriff John McMahon, pledging our full support of their criminal investigation. I am thankful our injured officer is in stable condition and expected to survive. I am committed to determining what and how this occurred.”
Officer Tamayo has been relieved of his police powers pending the outcome of the criminal and administrative investigation.
Please contact SBSD PIO for further at firstname.lastname@example.org.