Three deputies were injured during the search, two suffered dehydration and a third was injured when kicked by the horse. All three were transported to the hospital for treatment. Pic Credit:
INCIDENT: Search Warrant/Pursuit
LOCATION: 25300 block of Zuni Rd., Unincorporated area of Apple Valley
VICTIM: Three San Bernardino Co. Sheriff’s Deputies
SUSPECT: Francis Jared Pusok, 30, Apple Valley
On Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 12:12 p.m. deputies from the Victor Valley station went to the Zuni Rd. residence to serve a search warrant related to an Identity Theft investigation. Upon arrival the suspect, Francis Pusok, fled the location in a vehicle. Deputies pursued Pusok through the unicorporated area of Apple Valley, the Town of Apple Valley and further into the unincorporated area of Hesperia. Pusok abandoned the vehicle southwest of Bowen Ranch and fled on foot. Deputies were actively searching for Pusok on foot, using off-highway vehicles and helicopters. Within minutes, deputies received information that the suspect came into contact with a group of people near the Deep Creek Hot Springs and stole a horse. He fled on horseback on dirt trails, through very rugged, steep terrain, causing numerous injuries to the horse.
A Sheriff’s helicopter inserted a team of deputies in the area of Hwy 173/Arrowhead Lake Rd. to take the suspect in to custody. Deputies made contact with Pusok and as they approached, the horse threw him off. A Taser was deployed but was ineffective due to his loose clothing. A use of force occurred during the arrest. An internal investigation will be conducted regarding the use of force.
“The video surrounding this arrest is disturbing and I have ordered an internal investigation be conducted immediately”, stated Sheriff John McMahon. He further stated, “In addition, members of the Specialized Investigations Detail are responding to conduct the criminal investigation.”
Three deputies were injured during the search, two suffered dehydration and a third was injured when kicked by the horse. All three were transported to the hospital for treatment.
Pusok was transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Sergeant James Evans at (760)552-6800. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.
Refer: Public Affairs
Phone No. (909)387-3700
John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department