District Attorney: March 1 Deputy-Involved Shooting in Yucaipa was Justified

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department
San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department
A deputy-involved shooting in Yucaipa in March 2013, in which the suspect was found deceased a day later from apparent suicide, was justified, San Bernardino County District Attorney's staff announced Thursday.

The incident occurred about 11:30 a.m. March 1 in the 11000 block of 2nd St., when Deputy Shadia Adham was investigating Brian David Forrett, 51, for stalking, according to a D.A.'s report released Dec. 5.

"During their contact, Forrett pulled a gun and fired at Deputy Adham, who returned fire," D.A.'s personnel said in the report. "Forrett escaped in his car. The next day, Forrett's body was found inside his car. Cause of death appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot to the head."

Adham shot at Forrett in lawful self-defense, D.A.'s personnel said. Further, Forrett appeared to have committed suicide.

"Therefore, no criminal liability attaches to Deputy Adham's actions," D.A.'s personnel said.

Adham has been a deputy with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department since 2003, according to the D.A. On March 1, she was on-duty and wearing a Class A uniform with badge and markings identifying her as a peace officer. She carried a Glock 17 9mm handgun that contained 18 rounds.

According to the D.A., during Adham's contact with Forrett, she decided to detain Forrett but he struggled. She used a taser two times on Forrett but it had no effect.

Then Forrett grabbed a gun from his waistband and under his shirt, pointed it at Adham, and threatened, "You’re gonna die b----!"

Forrett fired at least twice at Adham as she drew her gun, D.A.'s personnel said. Adham yelled at Forrett to drop the gun and she returned fire three or four times.

An autopsy later showed Forrett had a blood-alcohol level of 0.23 to .30 percent "and the presence of cannabinoids," according to the D.A.'s report.

The full report is at this link.

The District Attorney has not ruled on the fatal deputy-involved shooting of Merlin Factor, 25, on June 29, 2013.
Carol Stull December 05, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Another officer involved fatal shooting the DA has not ruled on is the October 26 death of Richard Rodriguez at the Holiday Inn in Banning. The longer an investigation and ruling takes the more suspicious I am as to the circumstances surrounding the incident. In my life's experiences things get cloudy over time, not clearer.
Washy December 05, 2013 at 05:53 PM
so you would rather they rush the investigation and possible miss some evidence?
Alexander Cuttleworth December 05, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Does Carol ever say anything positive? Seems she always sides against law enforcement. I'm always thankful when an extensive investigation into every shooting, law enforcement or not, is done.
Carol Stull December 06, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Washy - Merlin Factor was killed five months ago and Richard Rodriguez was 6 weeks ago but not a word from the DA's office. Just looking for a timely investigation - not a rush to judgement. When you see the statement "brandished a weapon" don't assume what it was. That's right next to "His hands were near his waistband." Banning PD said that Rodriguez had a gun - do you believe that's true? It's not the story going around the department but that's just hearsay. Sorta like Beaumont's officer of the year that can't shoot straight and tries to pin it on someone else. Go for it Washy & Alexander - I'm not perfect and correct me it I'm wrong. Btw - on another post I was referred to as a "holster sniffer" when I supported PD's actions. Ciao young men.
Washy December 06, 2013 at 07:22 AM
WTH is Merlin? Why in the response would you add to your "point"......Would you like the DA to call you (is that the "word) you are waiting for) How many times does the DA act without a "word"? I don't know if Richard had a gun or not the problem is HE ACTED LIKE HE WAS PULLING A GUN OUT OF HIS WAIST BAND.....Should the police stand there and say "is that a gun, is he gunna shoot us, let's wait and see what he pulls out and if it is loaded."
Carol Stull December 06, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Read the entire article rather than skimming over it and you'll figure Merlin out. Because I'm not very PC I'll just cut to the chase. Unfortunately in today's world when a caucasian police officer of European decent gets into a confrontation or altercation with some folks of color the race card gets played. As this happens all to often our officers have taken to protecting themselves by making sure their account of what transpired fits into the PC correct definition of "justified". Now if the officers story turns out to be significantly different from reality, John Q Public begins to doubt all officers more and more. This is a bad situation as it puts the PD in a defensive posture that's difficult to recover from. Worse yet, if officers aren't held accountable for their actions, which is usually the case, it results in more and more story fabrication. And most officer shooting investigations are a joke unless the deceased committed suicide as happened in Yucaipa. The DA's in-office and private investigators are all former PD - they investigate the sheriff. The sheriff dept. is the investigating authority for our local PD's - Banning and Beaumont. So we have cops investigating each other - sort of like the fox guarding the chicken coup. So what's that solution to this dilemma? LA's new mayor thinks he has an answer - officers there will soon be wearing clip on video/audio cameras. Any time an officer engages the public the unit must be on. Sounds good to me. In court the jury will only have to decide whether to believe their lying eyes or not.
a litttle justice December 06, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Carol Stull. I have been in this community for well over 20 years and I know a lot of Banning & Beaumont people. The "hearsay" you speak of about what is floating around concerning the Rodriguez shooting is just that. And when someone says stuff like, I heard or the rumor is, they are usually the ones who started it. I believe, based on what I've heard, is that you could not be further from the truth. I know, now if it is determined that it was a "good shooting' it was just because cops were investigating cops. I hope you never need one!


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