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Death Investigation

Post Date:04/08/2014






(760) 256-2211

(760) 256-2215 (fax)


OFFENSES:                                     PC 187(a), 664/187(a), 459, 186.22(a), 273a(a), et al…

CR NUMBERS:                               13-1361

DATE OF CRIME:                           Monday, 04-08-13, approximately 1214 hours

DATE OF PRESS RELEASE::     Tuesday, 04-08-13

VICTIMS:                                           CLEVELAND, Darnell – BMA – 23 years

                                                             COLE, Devontea         - BMA – 18 years

SUSPECTS:                                    THOMPSON, Gregory – male adult 25 years

CASE AGENT:                                Detective Leo Griego          


On Monday, 04-08-13, at approximately 1214 hours, a Barstow citizen called the Barstow Police Department Dispatch Center and reported “shots heard” in the 700 block of Dolph Court.  Several Barstow Police Officers and Detectives responded to the scene and found two gunshot victims in the front yard of 708 Dolph Court.  Witnesses at the scene identified the shooter as a black male adult carrying a back pack and last seen walking on 7th Street toward Williams Street.  Barstow Fire District Paramedics and Desert Ambulance responded to the scene and rendered first aid to the two victims.  One of the gunshot victims, identified as Darnell CLEVELAND, age 23 year, was transported to Barstow Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The other victim, Devontea COLE, age 18 years, was transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center with serious gunshot injuries. 

On Monday, 04-08-13, at approximately 1223 hours, Sergeant Adam Cortinas located the shooting suspect in the 500 block of East Williams Street.  He was identified as Gregory THOMPSON.  Thompson had a back pack and a handgun in his possession.  An “in-field line-up” was conducted and several eye witnesses to the shooting positively identified Thompson as the shooting suspect. 

A crime scene investigation was conducted at 708 Dolph Court and evidence relating to the shooting was located.  A search of the area where Sergeant Cortinas located the suspect revealed evidence related to the shooting to include a handgun which Thompson was carrying. 

Further investigation revealed that Cole is an admitted member of a local street gang.  Investigation also revealed that Gregory Thompson is affiliated with a (rival) criminal street gang.

A Deputy Coroner from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Coroner Division responded to Barstow Community Hospital and took possession of Cleveland’s body.

Further investigation is being conducted and anyone with information on the shooting or the criminal street gangs involved in the murder of Darnell Cleveland and the attempted murder of Devontea Cole is urged to call the Barstow Police Department at 760-256-2211 or Detective Leo Griego at 760-255-5187.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous may also call the We-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Albert Ramirez

Chief of Police

Andrew Espinoza Jr.

Detective Sergeant                                     

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