January 18, 2021
Inland gun violence makes its mark in 2020
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – 2020 will be remembered as a year of gun violence across Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

There were 69 homicides in the city of San Bernardino and, by far, the majority were the result of gunfire. That compares to 44 in 2015 which included 14 people who died in a terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center. The 2020 total fell short of a record 84 in 1992.

In neighboring Riverside, there were 18 homicides reported by police during the year.

In both cities, there were no arrests in most of the homicides.

Officer-involved shootings across the Inland Empire claimed several more lives during 2020. Twenty-nine individuals died as a result of confrontations with law enforcement officers. Several more suspects were injured, but survived.

Law enforcement agency fatal incidents:
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department: (5)
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department: (10)
Rialto PD: (2)
California Highway Patrol: (2)
San Bernardino PD: (6)

There was one fatal officer-involved shooting in each of the following cities: Chino, Hemet, Redlands and Beaumont.

Note that some incorporated cities contract with the San Bernardino or Riverside County sheriff’s departments for police protection.

The statistics compiled by Inland News Today were based on incidents reported by the coroner or each individual law enforcement agency.

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