Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Updated at 9:29 p.m. on Feb. 2, 2015

A man suspected of trying to run over a sheriff’s deputy in Newhall Monday, prompting at least one deputy to fire a handgun, barricaded himself in a home.

The initial confrontation occurred about 8:45 a.m. in or near the 21000 block of Oak River Lane, said Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

Deputies were in the area on a stolen vehicle investigation when 30-year- old Jesse Tucker of Santa Clarita tried to run over a deputy, said Deputy Joshua Dubin of the sheriff’s Santa Clarita Valley Station.

Tucker ran away and remains at large.

The stolen vehicle was a white Ford F-150 that had the name of a landscaping contractor on its side, said Detective Lt. Brenda Cambra.

It was initially reported as being stolen by its owner from the 25200 block of The Old Road in Stevenson Ranch about 8 a.m. The suspect jumped into the pickup truck and drove it away, Cambra said.

The Ford was equipped with tracking equipment which enabled deputies to locate it near Newhall Avenue and Sierra Highway in Newhall.

The deputy first saw a person talking to the driver and thought that the person was associated with the suspect.

However, the vehicle suddenly came out of a service road and aimed at the person and the deputy in an apparent attempt to kill one or both of them, Cambra said.

The deputy fired a round, which hit the passenger window, and caused the suspect Tucker to crash the truck into a small retainer wall. He then ran. The person was cooperating with the investigation.

A large search was conducted, but Tucker was not found until this evening when he barricaded himself in a home in the 25000 block of Vermont Drive in Newhall.

The occupants of the home were evacuated, and it was believed Tucker was the only person inside the home.

Residents in the immediate home were also evacuated.

Tucker was wearing a dark colored shirt, black pants and a blue baseball-style cap, authorities said.

—City News Service

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