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UPDATE: Sheriff's Department IDs Suspect Fatally Shot by Deputies in Yucaipa

The parking lot of 1st Baptist Church on Yucaipa Boulevard, where deputies fatally shot Merlin Factor, 25, on Saturday June 29, 2013. Redlands-Loma Linda Patch photo buy Guy McCarthy.
The parking lot of 1st Baptist Church on Yucaipa Boulevard, where deputies fatally shot Merlin Factor, 25, on Saturday June 29, 2013. Redlands-Loma Linda Patch photo buy Guy McCarthy.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department early Sunday identified a suspect fatally shot by deputies June 29 in a church parking lot and released more detail from law enforcement accounts of what preceded the shooting.

The man named by sheriff's officials, Merlin Factor, 25, was a resident of Yucaipa, according to residents and a woman who identified herself as Factor's mother.

 "That was my son," she wrote in a post on Redlands-Loma Linda Patch early Sunday. "He lived within a block of there with me as he was growing up at his Gramma's."

The Sheriff's Department distributed the following account of the deputy-involved shooting before 7 a.m. Sunday June 30:

About 3 p.m. Saturday June 29 deputies responded to a vandalism/disturbance call at a residence in the 12900 block of 2nd Street.

"Upon arriving on scene, deputies discovered a subject, Merlin Factor, vandalized a mobile home and was last seen with a female who resided at the location," sheriff's officials said.

Factor was wanted on unspecified felony arrest warrants, sheriff's officials said. Deputies began checking the area for Factor and the female.

"A short time later, the female called 911 and deputies responded to the area of Yucaipa Blvd. and 3rd Street," sheriff's officials said. "Deputies spotted the female and Factor in a vehicle. Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in the area of Yucaipa Blvd. and 3rd Street."

The deputies and Factor were stopped in the parking lot of 1st Baptist Church, 34784 Yucaipa Blvd.

Factor got out of the vehicle and began fighting with deputies, sheriff's officials said.

"Factor attempted to retrieve a weapon during the struggle, forcing a deputy to shoot him," sheriff's officials said. "Paramedics responded to the scene and Factor was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced deceased."

Two deputies involved in the incident sustained scratches and other minor injuries in the struggle that preceded the fatal shooting, Capt. Lee Hamblin of the sheriff's Yucaipa Station told Redlands-Loma Linda Patch at the scene.

Sheriff's homicide detectives are among those assigned to the investigate the deputy involved shooting. The deputies who shot Factor were not identified.

A man named George Misavage was among several people who witnessed the shooting.

"We were coming to Best Hardware here . . . and the officers that did this cut us off and pulled the car over, then pulled the guy out of the car, both officers did," Misavage said in a video interview with Redlands-Loma Linda Patch.

"There was a little bit of a struggle, the guy was knocked to the ground, and . . . then they Tased him," Misavage said. "Then one said 'Don't do it,' he backed up, took his gun out and he fired about six shots into his chest. Then the other cop backed up and took his gun out and fired a couple more shots into him."

Video posted to YouTube by a user named Noe Pascual includes audio of gunshots outside 1st Baptist Church and shows some deputies arriving after the gunfire.

To read Redlands-Loma Linda Patch coverage from Saturday click the following link:

VIDEO: Deputies Shoot Suspect 'Struggling, Reaching for Waistband' in 1st Baptist Church Lot

Diane June 30, 2013 at 04:11 PM
6 shots at that close of a range, really? Reads like excessive force.
MH June 30, 2013 at 04:18 PM
They are trained that way. Dead men tell no tales. They also don't start lawsuits.
Rich June 30, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Thanks officers. You did not let this one get to my loved ones. Send the next one to Diane's & MH's place and let them deal with that kind of members of our society without your interferance.
robert minerich June 30, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Sounds fam my neighbor debbie roth because of her my house got robbed using the law in a croked way but thanks to my ins and the victims avdocate i made out real good and the payout was great
Jerry Okel June 30, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Sounds like murder to me.....
Crystal Payne June 30, 2013 at 07:45 PM
This is such bullshit and I'm sorry he didn't deserve this . Regardless of what he did getting shot in the chest six times is over kill . He's a good kid and anyone that knows him would say the say thing . No one will ever know the truth , only what the "good guys" say and they made sure of that . That's something they'll have to live with for the rest of their lives and hope God punishes them for it because we all know they will get away with murder.
Michele Favrow July 01, 2013 at 01:19 AM
RIP Merlin
concerned citizen July 01, 2013 at 01:38 AM
He was nothing but a criminal. Good kids DO NOT have felony warrants and 25 is NOT a kid. So you idiots would have rather seen a bunch of dead police instead which means that all of you are either criminals or have the criminal mentality. If he was breaking into my house, I wouldn't call the police. My gun and my dogs would have handled it. The result would have been the same thing. Dead men tell no tales and THEY DON'T COMMIT ANY MORE CRIMES.
Libi Uremovic July 01, 2013 at 05:16 AM
'...Merlin Factor, vandalized a mobile home and was last seen with a female who resided at the location," ...' a man-hunt for 'suspicion of vandalizing a mobile home'....?
justin dezonia July 02, 2013 at 04:54 AM
to: the'concerned citizen' who says he "was nothing but a criminal", and being at the age of 25 you are "not a kid" , he was someones"kid, not just a criminal, since when do you get issued a death sentence for vandilization, and a felony warrant. Since when was it wrong to fight for your rights, no cruel and/or unusual punishment. Life, Liberty, happiness , ideas this country was built on. and by the way dead men don't do much of anything mr "concerned citizen", seems to me you are the only criminal minded fellow around these parts because first off you wont even state your name, keep hiding from the truth behind your dogs and guns, no one said he broke in anywhere except you mr "concerned citizen".
justin dezonia July 02, 2013 at 05:37 AM
what was the name of the executioner?
Jeremiah July 02, 2013 at 07:56 AM
Thing is, they never actually say he had a gun or a weapon. I want a statement from the sheriffs specifically stating that so they are locked in to a story and can't change and re-write it. Neither do they identify the "felony warrants" - something just doesn't ring true here. Most of the witnesses who say it appeared to be murder or an execution are upstanding churchgoers or people at businesses close by who have no reason to lie and usually support the police. Let's get the whole story here. Jeremiah
Karupt Kerby July 02, 2013 at 03:27 PM
6 Plus shot and the man was on the ground... a few more just so he couldn't talk sounds like to me... doesn't surprise me especially in Yucaipa, lived there many years cops are corrupt... this is beyond excessive force, you have to kill a man you cant shoot him in the leg or something and while he is already on the ground, sounds like murder to me
shawn July 03, 2013 at 10:31 AM
Prove the facts that they are "corrupt" Karupt. I would like some examples. If your correct i bet you would make a fine lawyer.
Victoria July 04, 2013 at 01:13 PM
The Yucaipa cops are the dumbest of all cops in So. CAL. I know this first hand, sadly. My criminal law attny fiance can tell you all about it. They murdered this young man and it's not the first time. They have murdered other citizens of Yucaipa as well. And good luck getting an intelligent police report from them! They can't write one. They didn't even know how to serve a restraining order. Yucaipa citizens: if you have a problem don't call the cops. You have no idea if the right person will be arrested, a loved one might be murdered by them, or at the very least, your police report will be horribly flawed. Calling the Yucaipa police is worse than dealing with any criminal....
robert minerich July 09, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Yes i was set up myself by Debby and dan Roth on oak glen rd my neighbor
ACH July 12, 2013 at 06:17 AM
Victoria - How is the Yucaipa Police any different from Beaumont for example? Point is that law enforcement has a license to kill and they use it. Most citizens think it is ok so it will go on. Even questioning these "heroes" is considered to be unpatriotic and met with responses like "go to Iran". Welcome to the USA!
Victoria July 13, 2013 at 11:56 AM
they are all part of the same "gang" ACH. Murder behind the Badge. yep.
Yucaipa Truth July 23, 2013 at 05:55 AM
Victoria, pipe down. Your husband is paid to get criminals cleared of charges. That means he works for rapists, murderers, druggies, thieves, pedophiles, scam artists, etc. Seems like that criminal mentality has rubbed off on you quite a bit seeing as how you hate the police so much.
Jeremiah July 23, 2013 at 08:15 AM
The troll raises his head again! Hide behind a handle, insult people who have a different opinion than you and not offer anything at all positive. What a man/woman you are! **** Jeremiah

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