BREAKING: Victim of officer involved shooting in Aguanga identified

UPDATE, Monday, Oct. 12, 12:05 p.m.

The woman shot and killed by a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officer on Friday, Oct. 9 has been identified as Margaret Wagner, 62, of Aguanga, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s office.

No other information is being released at this time.

UPDATE, Friday, Oct. 9, 2 9:30 p.m.

One woman is dead following an hours long standoff with police in Aguanga. The circumstances surrounding her death have not been announced, but she had been shot by a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officer earlier in the day.

The incident began with a domestic disturbance call at 6:20 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 9 to a residence in the 54000 block of Wildwood Drive in the community of Idyllwild.

According to a press release issued by the department, the 911 caller advised that an adult female was in possession of a firearm and was threatening people at the residence.

“Deputies responded to the location but the female fled the area prior to their arrival.  The deputies searched the area, but did not locate her and determined that no victims were injured during the incident,” the press release reported.

At approximately 10 a.m., the investigation led deputies to a residence in the 44000 block of Jacob Court in Aguanga where the female suspect was located still in possession of the handgun.

“The deputies ordered the suspect to drop the handgun; however, she refused and pointed the handgun at deputies and an officer-involved shooting occurred.  The suspect retreated into the residence and refused to exit the home, ” Deputy Mike Vasquez wrote in the press release.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s SWAT team was called to the scene to assist the deputies and attempted to peacefully resolve the situation by calling the suspect out of the residence.  After several attempts to communicate with suspect and no response was made, the SWAT team members entered the residence and found the suspect deceased.

No deputies were injured during the incident and the decedent’s name will not be released pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.

The deputy involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave per Department policy. The involved deputy’s name will not be released at this time.

Investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation. This is an active and ongoing investigation.

The Riverside County Hemet Station encourages anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Central Homicide Investigator Moody at (760) 393-3525 or Investigator Janecka at (951) 791-3400.


Riverside County Sheriff Department has reported an officer involved shooting in Aguanga on Friday, Oct. 9. Deputy Mike Vasquez, a spokesman for the department, said that no officers have been injured in the shooting that stems from an investigation into a domestic disturbance incident.

“At about 6:20 this morning we received a call for a domestic disturbance within the 54000 block of Wildwood Drive in the city of Idyllwild,” Vasquez said. “We responded to the location and verified that the investigation needed to continue.”

Deputies followed up on leads which led them to the 44000 block of Jacob Court in Aguanga, Vasquez said.
“We went to contact an involved party for the domestic dispute and upon contacting that party an officer involved shooting occurred,” he said. “At this point we can verify that all deputies are ok and not injured.”

Vasquez said at this time he could not verify the condition of the suspect involved.

“More details are to follow, that is all I can give at this point,” he said.

Sheriff Deputies are still on the scene and have requested additional resources to assist with the investigation.
According to Anza Valley Outlook reporter Tony Ault, who is on the scene, SWAT teams currently have the suspect surrounded.

Vasquez said that the situation is fluid and ongoing.

“It is ongoing as we speak,” he said.

Barbara Trail is currently closed at Hwy. 371.

This is a developing story and more information will be posted as it becomes available.

15 Responses to "BREAKING: Victim of officer involved shooting in Aguanga identified"

  1. Diana   October 9, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Is there any more news regarding the Aguanga standoff?? Is it still ongoing??

    • Kim Harris   October 10, 2015 at 11:20 am

      See our updated story online.

    • Meagan R   October 10, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      This is beyond Horrific.. Id like to speak with someone in your office so I can tell the WHOLE story. The truth from BOTH sides. Thank you.

      • Kim Harris   October 12, 2015 at 12:02 pm

        Meagan, please email editor Kim Harris at or call our office at 760-723-7319. Unless we are contacted by others who are close to the situation, we are forced to write what we are given by the Sheriff’s Department so we would love to hear from you to set the record straight.

  2. Aguanga Andy   October 10, 2015 at 7:46 am

    This is pot harvest time, this woman may have had a legal and permitted marijuana grow.
    Perhaps this deceased woman was in Idylwyld asking her caregiver patients for a medical marijuana “donation” and they refused and she got upset and pulled a gun?
    Every single recent arrest in Aguanga or Anza has involved drugs (pot, meth, alcohol), every single one.
    No doubt this senseless killing is also drug-related.
    Just glad she did not kill anyone with that gun- or car for that matter.
    Anza and Aguanga are remote high desert towns but have just as much violent crime as any other area, the problem is police response times are far longer so most people up here tend to be armed for self- protection.
    A “wild west” mentality seems to be rampant, along with the unstable “gun slingers.”
    So sad to see this happen up here every few months, just like clockwork.

  3. Jeanne   October 10, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    It had nothing to do with her grow you shouldn’t throw theories our there without knowing. She is close to my family and I don’t appreciate it.

  4. Jeanne   October 10, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Had absolutely nothing to do with drugs whatsoever

  5. Jeanne   October 13, 2015 at 6:01 am

    She was an amazing woman and what was done to her is not only tragic but disgusting. For those that are close to her know the real story and she will be greatly missed.

  6. Sammy Sage   October 14, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Woman pointed a gun at a cop. She placed the life of a public servant in danger and it cost her her own life. Good job Riverside sheriiffs, just look at the crime reports up in Aguanga and Anza, seems like the wild west up there now and a lot kf the offenders are women. Is this area considered hopeless and destitute, seems like they need some help up there with the economy?

  7. Heidi R   October 14, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    I hope that you are able to do an update to this story. The events that lead up to this event need to told as well. This had nothing to do w/ drugs or alcohol

    • Kim Harris   October 18, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Hi Heidi,
      Reporter Tony Ault has been working on a follow-up to this story. We hope to have the story online in the next few days as we are waiting for a response from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Stay tuned …

  8. Shane   November 7, 2015 at 1:06 am

    She did NOT point a gun at a cop. She was gunned down through a closed door and was unarmed. There was anther witness inside the house. And the neighbor dorectly across the streets. Its in the anza paper on the 3rd or 4th

  9. Gary Klopp   August 28, 2016 at 7:13 am

    SO where is the update???

    • Kim Harris   August 29, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      Due to the investigation, information is still not being released.

    • Meagan R   August 30, 2016 at 1:36 am

      She was Murdered!!!!!! I miss her so very much!! Cop’s were buddies with her abusive P.O.S husband and shot her THREW HER DOOR!!



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