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A Weapon Was one Factor in Merlin’s Death

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On Saturday, June 29, 2013, at approximately 3:00 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vandalism/disturbance call at a residence in the 12900 block of 2nd Street, in the city of Yucaipa.
Upon arriving on scene, deputies discovered a subject, Merlin Factor, 25, vandalized a mobile home and was last seen with a female who resided at the location. Factor was known to have felony warrants for his arrest. 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. 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.
Factor got out of the vehicle and began fighting with deputies. Factor attempted to retrieve a weapon during the struggle, forcing a deputy to shoot him. Paramedics responded to the scene and Factor was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

Detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Detail responded to the scene and are conducting an investigation.

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San Bernardino Sheriff's Public Affairs Division

The Public Affairs Division consists of specialized units, Media Liaison, Community Liaison, Labor/Industrial Relations, Operation CleanSWEEP, Crime-Free Multi-Housing, Juvenile Intervention Program and Special Projects. The division serves as a departmental representative by fostering relationships between the organization and the communities. Division staff works closely with media sources, citizen groups, labor units, residents, schools, apartment managers, property owners and the faith community to facilitate the flow of information between the Sheriff's Department and the citizens they serve. The relationship provides a key point of contact for community policing initiatives and problem solving. By working cooperatively with members of the community, the division is committed to making San Bernardino County a safer place to live and work. . Some of the folks we need to recognize at the Public Affairs Office that help get the stories out are, "Arden Wiltshire" (awiltshire(at)sbcsd.org), "Cynthia, Beavers" (cbeavers(at)sbcsd.org), and "Jodi Miller" (jmiller(at)sbcsd.org) Locally we might get stories written by Corporal Rick Millard, Captain Don Miller and others.

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