On Saturday, January 9, 2021, at 9:34 a.m., deputies responded to a 911 call reporting unknown subjects attempting to break into the Sunburst Road residence in Spring Valley Lake. According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, it was confirmed that Francois was the 911 caller. After a thorough sweep of the immediate neighborhood it was determined by police that there were no intruders in the area at the time of the incident. As deputies arrived on scene at the residence, a woman later identified as Betty Francois, came out the front door of the home armed with a shotgun. Deputies gave her commands to drop the gun, then she pointed the gun at the deputies, and a deputy-involved shooting occurred. Francois was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and remained hospitalized.
Detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division responded to conduct the investigation.
The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information, or anyone who witnessed the incident, is asked to contact Detective Scott Abernathy, Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail at (909)387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com.
As of Monday, The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department released an update stating the suspect, Betty Francois, 91, was pronounced deceased at the hospital.