Officer Involved Shooting In Chino

Staff Reports

Chino- An officer involved shooting took place on the night of July 23 after a citizen contacted the Chino Police Department to report suspicious activity in the 12100 block of Central Avenue.

At approximately 9:21 p.m. the citizen informed officers that the subject was driving a car and stopped her to ask a question. The citizen did not want to engage in conversation, and reported the man had a gun in his vehicle. The citizen directed the officers to the nearby business area where the man had parked his car.

Once an officer arrived on scene and approached the vehicle, the suspect got out of his car and refused to cooperate with the officer. Other officers were alerted once the suspect started to run on foot.

According to the Chino Police Department, “The suspect ran to an adjacent shopping center and encountered another responding officer. The suspect pointed his gun at the officer and the officer fired upon the suspect.”

The officers conducted CPR until the Chino Valley Fire District arrived at the scene. The male suspect was identified as Bernard Wells III, 31-year-old resident of San Diego. Wells was transported to the Chino Valley Medical Center where he died from his wounds.

Wells was on parole with warrants for his arrest, as well as had an extensive criminal history.

The City of Chino Police Department says, “The officer involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave per department policy. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is conducting the investigation.” The Department also said, “The name of the officer involved will not be released at this time due to the on-going investigation.”

Anyone who has information regarding this incident is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Investigations Unit at (909) 387-3589.