- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on the shooting of a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

A Redlands man has been arrested for allegedly shooting a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy, whose body armor saved his life.

The Sheriff’s Department says 37-year-old Kenneth Welch was arrested at his home Thursday. It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.

The deputy, 25-year-old Patrick Higgins, was shot around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, an hour after the beating and robbery of a Chevron station clerk in Hesperia.

Authorities say Higgins was investigating near the station when he saw a car matching the description of the robber’s getaway car.

Authorities say Higgins repeatedly ordered the driver to show his hands and get out, then pepper-sprayed him when he refused.

The man opened fire, hitting Higgins once in the chest, although a protective vest stopped the bullet. A shootout followed and Higgins followed the fleeing car several miles before pain made him stop.

He was treated for chest trauma at a hospital and released.

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5 p.m.

Authorities have arrested a man they believe shot a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy whose body armor may have saved his life.

The Sheriff’s Department announced the arrest Thursday but gave no further details.

The deputy was shot around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, an hour after the beating and robbery of a Chevron station clerk in Hesperia.

Authorities say the deputy was investigating near the station when he spotted a car matching that of the robbery suspect.

A confrontation and shootout followed. The deputy was shot in the chest and his patrol car was riddled.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller tells the Los Angeles Times that the deputy chased the driver for a couple of miles before calling for medical aid.

The deputy was treated at a hospital and released.

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