Teen burglar shot dead

HESPERIA – A San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a teenage burglary suspect on Sunday.

Ray Baljos, who coroners say died 12:45 p.m. Sunday, was accused of attacking one deputy with a screwdriver and grabbing the gun of another, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office.

The frenzied pursuit that ultimately ended with Baljos’ death at a vacant home included an injured off-duty deputy, a California Highway Patrol helicopter, an armed civilian and on-duty sheriff’s deputies.

A coroner’s report, which originally listed the name of the 18-year-old suspect as “Blajos,” said he broke into the back door of an off-duty deputy’s home on the 17900 block of Lemon Street.

Baljos demanded the keys to a car. The off-duty deputy confronted and chased Baljos, who stabbed the deputy in the chest as he escaped. The injured off-duty deputy got into a car and trailed Baljos, at the same time reporting the incident to authorities using his cell phone.

The off-duty deputy tracked Baljos to a vacant field near Mauna Loa Street and Timberlane Avenue, where the cornered suspect again came at his pursuer, attempting to stab him with the screwdriver.

During the attack, an armed neighbor witnessed the struggle and fired a warning shot into the air. That same neighbor reportedly fired several rounds at the fleeing suspect.

By the time sheriff’s units had arrived, Baljos had slipped out of the vacant field by traversing adjoining backyards, and was being chased by the armed neighbor.

Sheriff’s units pursued Baljos to the front yard of a vacant Lemon Street home where a next door witness told authorities: “The cop had told him, ‘Let me see your hands.’ At that point the guy had lunged toward the cop and that’s when the cop fired, I believe three or four rounds, and the guy dropped to the (ground).”

According to the same witness, “Baljos charged the (on-duty) deputy and grabbed his gun, forcing the deputy to shoot Baljos,” said a sheriff’s official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

During the investigation, a neighbor to the civilian who fired the warning shot came home and discovered their home had been burglarized. “Property belonging to that neighbor was located in Baljos’ pocket,” said sheriff’s reports.

The off-duty deputy was transported to a medical center, getting treatment for non-life threatening injuries. The incident is under investigation by the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department Homicide Division.

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  1. Eric
    Eric 1 January, 2011, 17:01

    Why wont the police call back the family? Why wont they release any details 2 weeks after the investigation? Why dont the corner release drugs were not involved? The truth is the boy had schitzophenia and was not on drugs and was just running through yards because his medical condition. These cops brudially killed this young boy and now are making up lies to cover there brudel murder. San Bernaqdino police have killed 3 young men under the gae of 25 with in the same week. Brutaallity and deadly force on this police department is discusting and these cops need to be punished. Dont believe me google how many boys were likked the same week by San Bernadino police and you will see. i spoke with all 3 families of these young boys and they all say lies were printed and police close the case as justified. The community thinks it dont effect them but if you live in this county you need to speak up because your child to can become a victom of this police department. Do me a favor and just see how many young under gae boys have been killed the same week. These trained police can tazor or beat them? Ray was 18 and 5″7 and 106 lbs. No drugs were in his system but you wont here that because no one wants to hear the truth.

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  2. Sandy
    Sandy 1 January, 2011, 17:08

    My son to was shot and killed by this police department 1 day after the ray Blajos shooting. Also lies printed it was also cover up and police didnt call me back or let me identify the body. Asked me to provide dental records. i still have not seen the police report. How do you ever get justice for a brudal murder by the police department?God bless any boys from 16-25 years old that are hispanic in this county.

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  3. Raheem Hosseini
    Raheem Hosseini 7 January, 2011, 21:17

    Our condolences for your loss, Sandy. If you feel like sharing more about the circumstances involving your son’s death, please email me at rhosseini@unitedreporting.com.

    Thank you for your comments, Eric. Where did you hear Baljos suffered from schizophrenia? Is that something that can be documented? What’s your relationship with the victim’s family?

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  4. Brandon
    Brandon 17 January, 2011, 02:53

    Oh, shut up. Your scumbag son is burning in Hell right now. He tried to murder innocent police officers and got what he deserved. I am so glad he’s in flames right now, screaming in terror. You raised a crook and he met a crook’s demise.

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  5. michael
    michael 22 June, 2011, 05:59

    brandon you dont know sh– i would like to see you say that sh– in person you dumb son of a b—- you should be beaten half to death and left to rot in a f—en gutter you dont know anything about ray so why say something cuz you have no life and no one loves you and you are just crying out for attention well heres your attention f— off and die buddy

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