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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:  March 13, 2015

 

High Desert man sentenced to 120 years to life for shooting at Victorville deputy

 


SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.  – A documented gang member with a prior strike conviction for assault with a firearm has been sentenced to 120 years to life in state prison for opening fire on a deputy in 2009.

Dameyion Kennedy, 39 (pictured above), was sentenced today in Victorville Superior Court after being convicted of two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer on April 30, 2012. Firearm and gang enhancements were found true for both counts. Kennedy was also found guilty of evading and being a felon in possession of a firearm, both with gang enhancements, and one count of street terrorism.

“Every day our law enforcement officers risk their lives to make sure that our communities are safe,” District Attorney Mike Ramos said. “Thankfully, in this particular case, the officer was not physically injured and authorities were able to apprehend the defendant before he could cause any further damage. Criminals who assault our police officers represent a threat not only to the officer, but to the safety of the entire community. Let today’s sentencing send a strong message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated in San Bernardino County.”

Ramos added that this is exactly the type of criminal behavior that led to the creation of the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Crimes Against Peace Officer Unit (CAPO) in 2012.

In 2014, there were 2,287 cases filed in San Bernardino County in which peace officers were assaulted, injured, threatened or interfered with in the performance of their duties. Of these crimes, 938 were felonies involving physical violence against an officer, use of a weapon on an officer, or threats to kill or injure an officer.

Statement of Facts

On Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 at approximately 6:00 p.m., Deputy Maria Gascon of the Victorville City Police Department stopped a Mercury Cougar for having no rear license plate.

The driver was later identified as Dameyion Kennedy. Kennedy exited the vehicle and confronted the deputy, saying, “What the f*** you stopping me for?”

Deputy Gascon instructed Kennedy to get back into his vehicle, which he did. Kennedy then fled the traffic stop. Deputy Gascon activated her overhead emergency lights and siren and began pursuing the suspect vehicle. Deputy Gascon pursued the vehicle for several minutes through a residential neighborhood while calling for back up.

At one point, Kennedy stopped in the middle of the road. As Deputy Gascon was coming to a stop behind the suspect vehicle, Kennedy leaned out the driver’s side window and fired 3-4 shots at Deputy Gascon.

Gascon was able to duck down in her vehicle just before Kennedy shot at her. One round struck the windshield of her patrol car directly in front of her face, and two other rounds struck the driver’s door pillar and mirror (see below). 

 

Kennedy continued down the road and at one point made a quick U-turn. As Deputy Gascon pulled to the right shoulder of the roadway to make also make a U-turn, Kennedy fired several more rounds at Deputy Gascon as he passed by her. Deputy Gascon again ducked as her vehicle was struck by several more rounds (see below). Deputy Gascon was able to draw her duty weapon and returned fire. Kennedy was not hit by any of Deputy Gascon’s rounds. After evading Deputy Gascon, Kennedy was later apprehended by authorities and arrested. 



“I'm thrilled that after a careful consideration of the evidence, the jury found Mr. Kennedy guilty of all charges,” said Deputy District Attorney Shannon Faherty, who prosecuted the case. “The Sheriff’s Department, specifically the Victorville City SMASH team, did an outstanding investigation that left no doubt that Mr. Kennedy intended to kill Deputy Gascon that night. This is the type of case that perfectly illustrates when someone tries to hurt or kill a peace officer, this office will aggressively prosecute that person and protect our law enforcement victims.”

Contacts

Christopher Lee
Public Affairs Officer
(909) 382-3665

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