California Woman Shot and Killed After Holding Child at Gunpoint

Dramatic Rescue Unfolds in San Bernardino

In a harrowing incident in San Bernardino, California, police intervened to save a three-year-old child held at gunpoint by a woman during a raid.

Authorities received a distressing call reporting that 35-year-old Darvet Brown was holding a gun to the head of the caller’s grandson, prompting a swift response from the San Bernardino Police.

Tense Standoff on 21st Street

Upon arrival, police found Brown on the balcony of an apartment on the 200 block of E. 21st Street, visibly distressed, with a gun pointed at the child.

The relationship between Brown and the child was clarified later—she was identified as a friend but not a relative, adding complexity to the situation.

Police Fire Shots in Effort to Save Child

Facing a dangerous situation, at least one officer opened fire at Brown, hitting her, but she continued to hold the gun. When she refused to drop the weapon, a second shot was fired, fatally striking her. Brown had barricaded herself inside the apartment, leading to a heightened level of danger.

Quick Action Ensures Child’s Safety

Prior to the intervention, the caller had warned authorities about Brown’s hysterical state and expressed concerns for the child’s safety.

Following the second shot, officers swiftly entered the apartment, securing the child and delivering them safely to family members outside.

Community Response and Ongoing Investigation

Local residents described the scene as tense, with one noting the sound of gunshots after hearing a police helicopter.

The San Bernardino Police Department emphasized that Brown had exhibited violent behavior towards residents before their arrival. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, urging anyone with information to contact Detective Chavez.

California’s Rising Violent Crime Statistics

The incident occurred against the backdrop of rising violent crime in California, marking a 5.7% increase from 2021 to 2022.

While homicides experienced a slight decline, robbery and aggravated assault saw notable upticks. Statewide, violent crime rose by 13.5% compared to pre-pandemic levels recorded in 2019.

Local Crime Trends in San Bernardino

In contrast, San Bernardino has witnessed a general downward trend in violent crime in 2023, as reported by the San Bernardino Police Department.

Robbery and aggravated assault saw decreases, and assault with a firearm fell below the five-year average. Despite this, property crime spiked in 2022, highlighting the multifaceted challenges faced by the community.