Semi-pro linked to double homicide killed during standoff

SAN BERNARDINO – After a standoff of more than an hour, San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a homicide suspect Tuesday night.

Tory Anthony Reed, 28, a semi-professional football player wanted for questioning in a double homicide committed last weekend in Colton, refused to surrender to deputies and barricaded himself inside a single story apartment in the 4000 block of North F Street shortly before 5 p.m., law enforcement officials said.

Members of the Specialized Enforcement Division and U.S. Marshal’s Office attempted to serve an arrest warrant on him at the apartment in a northern unincorporated portion of the city, according to spokeswoman Arden Wiltshire.

Deputies evacuated apartments on both sides of Reed’s residence and began an effort to force the suspect to give himself up. By 6 p.m., deputies broke out the apartment’s front window and shined a spotlight on the darkened apartment.

The suspect, said Wiltshire, was in the spotlight and made gestures that police interpreted as having a weapon. She added that Reed appeared to be advancing on them, acting as if he had a gun, but was unable to say whether the suspect actually had a weapon.

“Fearing for their safety, officers fired and the suspect was hit,” Wiltshire said.

Paramedics declared the wounded Reed dead at the scene, Wiltshire said.

Authorities said that Reed had been wanted in connection with the early Sunday morning shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend, Breana Neiro, 25, of Colton and 25-year-old Darnell Haley of Pomona.

Reed had forced his way into the residence, said Colton police Det. Robert Wilson, “but it wasn’t for robbery. He was upset with how the relationship was going (with Neiro).”

Neiro and Haley were shot to death at 4:31 a.m. Sunday at an apartment in the 800 block of East Washington Street in Colton.

The Specialized Enforcement Division, bomb squad and the county’s SWAT team, including snipers on the roof of a nearby market, were all at the North San Bernardino site where Reed was shot.

A statement was released that indicated Neiro and Haley were not romantically linked. It also said sheriff’s investigators will investigate the officer-involved shooting, which is standard procedure. An autopsy on Reed will also be performed.

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