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NEEDLES — A 50-year-old Highland, Calif., man, reported to have been distraught, is dead after allegedly pointing a fully loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun at a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Friday afternoon.

The county sheriff department reported Sunday morning that the homicide detail will conduct the investigation due to the use of deadly force in the death of Jackie Brand Jr.

Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to contact the detail’s Det. Tina Kirby or Sgt. Jason Radeleff at 909-387-3589.

Anonymous reports may be filed via WeTip at 800-78-CRIME; or at Reference Case 211500542.

Brand was reported missing by friends and family after he left from work early in the morning on July 17, according to police. Deputies assigned to Grand Terrace responded, reporting they were told he had made statements to friends that he intended to harm himself.

Brand was located later that day at a Needles residence. Colorado River Station deputies were asked to contact the man to check on his welfare. When they did so, Brand reportedly displayed the handgun, ignored commands to drop it and pointed it directly at a deputy who responded with lethal force. Brand was pronounced dead at the scene.

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