Official Statements Regarding the Death of Malcolm Harsch
The City of Victorville is proactively issuing these statements from Mayor Gloria Garcia and Public Information Officer Sue Jones.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2020
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM VICTORVILLE MAYOR:
We take very seriously the concerns voiced by so many who fear that Malcolm’s death could be racially motivated, a hate crime, or a form of retaliation. As City Leaders, we share these concerns; and a thorough investigation is being conducted. Malcolm Harsch’s life matters to our City.
– Gloria Garcia, Mayor, City of Victorville
OFFICIAL STATEMENT VICTORVILLE PIO:
The City of Victorville joins the community in its calls for a complete and thorough investigation of Malcolm Harsch’s death. Tragically, Malcolm died on May 31.
Malcolm’s death continues to be investigated by the San Bernardino County Sherriff’s Department, and his manner of death has not yet been determined. The investigation into Malcolm’s death is being given the greatest level of priority by the Sherriff’s Department and the City of Victorville.
While it’s highly unusual for us to comment on an active investigation being conducted by the Sheriff’s Department, we feel Malcolm’s family and the many community members mourning his death deserve transparency and as much information as can be provided at this time. For this reason, we are releasing the following details:
On May 31 at 7:07 a.m., dispatch received a call for a reported suicide in a dirt lot between Circle Drive and Victor Street; and police and fire were dispatched to the scene. When our Victorville Fire crews arrived on the scene, they observed CPR being performed by bystanders. Our Fire Personnel took over and initiated advanced life support care protocol in an effort to restore Malcolm’s heart beat. After 20 minutes, resuscitation efforts were discontinued in accordance with established protocols. According to the bystanders, Malcolm was reported to have lived in a nearby homeless encampment.
We understand that additional details will be released by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
We grieve for Malcolm’s family and extend our deepest condolences. We understand the gravity of this situation and the family’s desire for answers. We want the lines of communication to remain open with the family, particularly knowing that they live out of state.
We will be watching closely to see the results of the Sheriff’s Department investigation. When the investigation is complete, results of the investigation will be made public.
Malcolm Harsch’s life mattered.
-Sue Jones, Public Information Officer, City of Victorville