At approximately 6:20 a.m., Friday, Oct. 9, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Hemet Station, responded to a domestic disturbance call within the 54000 block of Wildwood Drive in Idyllwild. 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.
At approximately 10 a.m., deputies continued their investigation and it led them to the 44000 block of Jacob Court in the unincorporated community of Aguanga. Upon their arrival, the deputies contacted the female suspect, Margaret Wagner, 62 years, who was still in possession of a 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.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s SWAT team was called to the scene to assist the deputies. The SWAT team attempted to peacefully resolve the situation by calling the suspect out of the residence. After several attempts to communicate with Wagner elicited no response, the SWAT team members entered the residence and found her deceased.
No deputies were injured during the incident. 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.