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Update: Deputy ID'd in the Shooting Involving Spring Valley Woman

Luke Berhalter, who has been with the sheriff's department for almost two years, is the deputy involved. The woman was reportedly shot in the arm.

Update: Tuesday, 6:15 p.m.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, the deputy sheriff who fired his service weapon during this incident has been identified as Luke Berhalter. He is assigned to the Lemon Grove Sheriff's Station – Patrol Division.

Berhalter has been employed by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department for 21 months after having served as a deputy sheriff in Sacramento County for
approximately seven-and-a-half years.

As is routine in all deputy involved shootings, Deputy Berhalter has been placed on administrative leave until cleared to return to work. Once completed, the investigation will be forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for review.

Original story:

An investigation was under way Monday into a deputy- involved shooting in which a Spring Valley woman was reportedly shot in the arm by a deputy who was checking her backyard for a masked man.

Deputies were called to 8900 block of Leigh Avenue shortly before 10:30 p.m. Sunday to investigate a suspicious man seen in the area wearing a ski mask, according to San Diego County sheriff's homicide Lt. Larry Nesbit.

Deputies arrived and determined the man had left the area, walking away in an eastbound direction, Nesbit said in a statement.

While checking for the man one to two blocks away from Leigh Avenue, deputies entered the backyard of a residence in the 200 block of Via Tapia, Nesbit said.     

"At some point, while in the backyard of the residence, there was contact between the deputies, who had their weapons drawn, and a female resident of the home," Nesbit said. "During that contact, one of the deputies fired from his service weapon. The female was struck in the arm by the round."

Paramedics took the wounded woman to an area hospital, where she was listed in good condition and expected to be released today, Nesbit said.

Information about the deputy who shot the woman was not immediately released.

-City News Service

Vincent Wallgren, Jr. August 23, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Found this on-line: Deputies entered Jennifer Orly's backyard without warning, didn’t respond to her calls of identification and shot her at point-blank range, according to her brother James Morgan. "He fired without warning, saying freeze, or anything. Then just as she saw the black smoke coming out the barrel she turned her body," Morgan said. "The bullet went through her chest and her left nipple, into her shoulder and out her pinkie." I also read that Sheriff Bill Gore denies the above account; and is sticking to the original report stating that Orly's wound was only to her arm. Big difference of opinion. Seems to me that an intrepid investigative reporter would be all over the inconsistencies cited between these two conflicting accountings.
Kevin George August 23, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Vincent, Sheriff Gores behavior in this matter cements his reputation. What kind of a leader states in an interview that she was " grazed on the pinky" while the public is watching TV reports from her bed side showing wounds through her breast, arm and completely severed pinky at the very same time? His lack of performance and botching the Ruby Ridge when he was still with the FBI is legendary which ended his 32 year career with the FBI. So he decided to run for Sheriff and we elected him. Ever since Johnny Unitas came to San Diego in 1973 to end his career I have had a theory that San Diego is the "go to" destination for the great and not so great to live out their last days of incompetence.
Things I Learned August 23, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Hey remember when the federal government murdered a woman twenty years and two days ago? I didn't until Kevin reminded me. Heckuva job Sheriff Gore!
Vincent Wallgren, Jr. August 23, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Well said, Kevin. We might add the innocent women and children that were gassed (illegal substance) and ultimately burned to death in Waco, Texas. Loved your comments about ambulance chasers and San Diego being the end of the line. Nailed it!
Pat August 25, 2012 at 06:55 PM
@ Kevin, I had no idea, being in Washington State, that your Sheriff Gore is an ex-FBI agent, let alone having something to do with Ruby Ridge. That sheds a whole new light on this 'attack.' Because that is what it is... Our veterans are being attacked, arrested and detained by the government... This guy probably thinks he is still in the FBI, one of the most corrupt agencies we have been saddled with... Oh my... what a tangled web... My condolences to you all in the San Diego area...

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