Double homicide suspect caught after leading police on chase, shootout in Yucca Valley

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A man who police think is the suspect in a double homicide that occurred in Henderson last week was just arrested in Yucca Valley, which is about 206 miles south of Las Vegas.

Police believe Roger Tindell is connected to the deaths of 28-year-old Mellisa Mason and 40-year-old Robin McComb.  

Henderson Police said they were found dead in a home in the 400 block of Forest Street, near Warm Springs Road and Major Avenue on Friday, Oct. 12.  Officers were conducting a welfare check when they found the bodies.

The coroner said Mason’s cause of death is homicide due to blunt force head injuries. McComb’s was listed as pending.  No suspect was located in the case; that is until early Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday, Oct. 17 at around 2:14 a.m. deputies responded to a call of about a shooting at the Elk Trail location of Yucca Valley. The caller told authorities the suspect, who was later identified as Roger Tindell, fled the home in a silver BMW, with a woman as his hostage.

Deputies noticed Tindell’s silver BMW, so they tried to pull the car over, but Tindell failed to stop, so a short pursuit ensued through Yucca Valley and Morongo.

Tindell went live on Facebook before he was caught by police.

WARNING: Graphic language is used. This video may not be suitable for all audiences.

 

During the pursuit, Tindell shot at the deputies and the deputies returned fire. 

The pursuit ended several minutes later when Tindell collided with a Sheriff’s patrol car. Again, Tindell opened fire on the deputies and deputies returned fire, but this time the rounds struck Tindell.

Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives investigated and determined that Roger Tindell was at the Elk Trail residence and did indeed shoot the male victim, but for reasons that are still unknown.  Tindell left the location, taking the female victim with him, fleeing from deputies and then engaging those deputies in an exchange of gunfire.

Tindell was shot during the exchange of gunfire and was taken to a local hospital. Tindell, 36, of Morongo Valley, remains hospitalized and is expected to recover from his injuries.

The male Yucca Valley victim was taken to a local hospital where he remains hospitalized. His prognosis is unknown. The female victim did not appear injured and was taken to the hospital as a precaution. She was treated and released.

However, during one of Tiindell’s Facebook videos, it was clear that he and the female victim may have known each other.

Detectives learned that an FBI Task Force was searching for Tindell because he was wanted for a double homicide in Henderson, Nevada.

The investigations in Yucca Valley is ongoing.  Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the Homicide Detail, Detective Nick Clark at (909)387-3589. To remain anonymous contact WeTip at (800)78-CRIME or www.wetip.com

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