Aguanga Resident Shot After Reportedly Brandishing Gun at Deputies
AGUANGA – Following a report of domestic violence in Idyllwild, authorities sought a suspect who fled the scene, and reportedly were forced to shoot her when she brandished a handgun at deputies.
On Friday October 9, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Hemet Station, responded to a domestic disturbance call within the 54000 block of Wildwood Drive in the community of Idyllwild at 6:20 AM. The person reporting the incident stated that an adult female with a gun and was threatening people at the residence.
When deputies arrived on the scene the suspect had already fled. After making certain that no one had been harmed in the incident, deputies conducted a search, but were unable to find the woman in the immediate area.
Continuing the investigation, deputies were able to locate the suspect at 10:00 AM in the 44000 block of Jacob Court in the unincorporated community of Aguanga. The suspect was still holding the gun as authorities attempted to speak with her. When deputies ordered her to drop it, she refused and pointed it at the officers. At that time a deputy fired his weapon.
The suspect retreated into the residence and refused to exit the home. The Riverside County Sheriff’s SWAT team was called to the scene to assist the deputies and attempted to coax her out of the residence, but she was non-responsive. Believing she may have been incapacitated, SWAT team members entered the residence and found the suspect deceased.
No deputies were injured during the incident and the deputy involved in the shooting was put on leave, as per the department’s policy. The deceased was identified by the Riverside Coroner as Margaret Wagner, 62 of Aguanga.
The Riverside County Hemet Station encourages anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Central Homicide Investigator Moody at (760) 393-3525 or Investigator Janecka at (951)791-3400.