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Police: Known gang member identified as shooter of deputy and two other officers in San Bernardino

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SAN BERNARDINO, CA – The now-deceased suspect who reportedly non-fatally shot a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy on August 17th and shot and injured two SWAT officers during a standoff the following day has been identified as a 34-year-old known gang member, according to reports.

Officials have confirmed that the suspect was killed during the shootout that occurred on August 18th.

Ervin Olikong, who was killed in a confrontation with San Bernardino police Wednesday night in Highland, was identified as the gunman who shot at a sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop. https://t.co/lbU3asMo2r

— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) August 20, 2021

Authorities say the chain of events leading to the shootout on August 18th happened the day prior at approximately 4:15 p.m., when a sheriff’s deputy tried pulling over 34-year-old Ervin Olikong in the area of Bobbett Drive and Olive Street.

Olikong, who was reportedly wanted on a $200,000 arrest warrant issued in 2019 in connection with an assault with a deadly weapon, fled the stop and later made a turn and exited his vehicle while pulling out a rifle.

The deputy’s vehicle reportedly caught fire after the shooting, but the deputy was able to radio for help and was transported to an area hospital for injuries sustained during the shooting.

As the deputy made the same turn Olikong did, the suspect reportedly opened fire on the deputy’s vehicle.

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