HIGHLAND: Teenager shot by deputy in critical condition, family says

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The Highland teenager who was shot Saturday, Jan. 18, by a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy was in critical condition Monday with injuries to a kidney and his liver, the boy’s family said.

Joshua Alvarez, 16, is at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

The family planned a news conference Monday to protest the shooting and to demand changes to Sheriff’s Department policy.

The Sheriff’s Department said deputies responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 7400 block of Rogers Lane, where they encountered Alvarez. He was shot as he attempted to attack a deputy while holding a hammer and a sharp instrument, a Sheriff’s news release said.

A news release from the Inland Empire Rapid Response Network, which works with immigrants to protect their rights, said Alvarez had been arguing with his brother before deputies arrived. He had earphones on and could not hear deputies’ commands, and he did not attempt to attack deputies before being shot twice, according to unidentified witnesses, the release said.

The Inland Empire group said it is demanding an independent investigation into the shooting, prosecution of the deputies who shot Alvarez, restitution to the family, creation of a policy against the use of lethal force by police when there is no imminent threat, placing cameras on deputies’ uniforms and the creation of an independent county commission to investigate accusations of police brutality.

Phone and email messages seeking a response from the Sheriff’s Department were left Monday.

The news conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Highland station at 26985 East Baseline Street, Highland.

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