The half-brother of Robert Fuller, whose body was found hanging last week from a tree in Palmdale, was fatally shot during a shootout with LA County deputies on Wednesday, June 17 in Kern County.
An attorney for the Fuller family confirmed that Terron Jammal Boone, the half-brother of Robert Fuller, was killed during the incident in Rosamond.
The shooting occurred around 4:39 p.m. Wednesday in the 3400 block of 15th Street West in Rosamond.
Detectives with a specialized unit say they were looking for a suspect believed to be involved in kidnapping, spousal assault, and assault with a deadly weapon, according to Deputy Eric Ortiz of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
They spotted a man in a Jeep they believed to be the suspect and followed him for some time before they attempted a traffic stop in Rosamond. They say a woman and a 7-year-old child were also inside the vehicle.
The LA County Sheriff’s Department say the suspect opened the door and began firing at deputies and they then returned fire.
Investigators say the woman who was in the driver’s seat is not the victim in the assault case. She was shot in the chest and is expected to survive her injuries. The 7-year-old girl was uninjured.
Officials say a gun was recovered from the scene.
Attorney Jamon Hicks issued a statement on behalf of Fuller’s family:
“This afternoon I had to notify the sisters of Robert Fuller that their half-brother Terron Jammal Boone was killed by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies in Kern County.”
“At this time, until we receive all of the information, the family and their legal team doesn’t have any further comment on this incident. The family respectfully asks that their privacy be respected.”
Robert Fuller, 24, was found hanging from a tree with a rope around his neck about 3:40 a.m. June 10 in Poncitlán Square, across from Palmdale City Hall.
Authorities initially said his death appeared to be a suicide, although an official cause of death has not been revealed.
The family is asking for the independent autopsy to be paid for by the city of Palmdale.
On Monday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed a thorough investigation into the death will be conducted with cooperation from state and federal agencies.