Law enforcement officials are trained to always be on their guard and Monday one San Bernardino County Sheriff's Hesperia motorcycle deputy had that confirmed when a man opened fire on the deputy.
Chad Vasquez, 38, of Hesperia fired on the deputy as the official responded to a man with a gun call on Live Oak Street near I Avenue a little after 11 a.m., sparking a gun battle with some 30 shots exchanged, according to witnesses and San Bernardino County Sheriff's officials
There were also reports there was an injured person at the location.
At least two home were riddled with bullets and neighbors reported hearing shotgun blasts and handgun fire for several minutes.
The deputy took refuge behind a truck and called for assistance from other Hesperia deputies and from the Victorville station.
Vasquez was shot in the hand then ran away. He was quickly captured after a short foot chase.
The alleged shooter was transported by ambulance to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, officials said.
Vasquez was arrested for attempted murder of a peace officer and will be booked into jail once released from the hospital. The wounds are not life threatening.
Some residents described the usually-tranquil neighborhood as a war zone.
"The cop was crouched behind his car with his shotgun," Candelario Aguilar, a resident of the usually quiet neighborhood said. "I've never seen anything like this."
Aguilar's mother was in the garage doing laundry when the shots first rang out. She was so rattled by the incident, she was treated for a panic attack.
Some neighbors reported bullets coming into their yards on Willow Street one block north of Live Oak Street.
One witness reported seeing the alleged shooter running down the train tracks as bullets struck the ground around him.
Officials did find an injured male at the scene who refused medical treatment, sheriff's officials said. His relationship with the shooter was not immediately released.
Sheriff's Homicide detectives will take over the investigation as is policy in any officer involved shooting, officials said.
Live Oak Street was closed from Timberlane Lane to Evergreen Street for several hours as officials questioned witnesses and conducted an investigation.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Homicide Detail at (909) 387-3589 or call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME.
Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.