News headline from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department:
Shortly after 5:30 a.m. on July 17th, officers from the Lake Elsinore Police Department responded to the area of Collier Avenue and Central Avenue in Lake Elsinore regarding a call for service. The caller reported suspicious activity around a vehicle parked in a retail complex.
The first officer on scene made contact with a man who was sitting in a parked vehicle. The officer removed the subject from the vehicle and escorted him to his patrol car. As the officer was placing the subject into the back seat of the patrol car, the subject physically attacked the officer. The subject was able to force the officer to the ground and was able to gain control of the officer’s baton.
In fear of his safety the officer reportedly drew his service pistol and fired at the suspect.
The suspect ran away and was chased by the officer. The suspect ran around a nearby business and returned to his vehicle. A Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy, who was on his way to work and at another nearby business, heard the gunshot and responded to the area. The deputy saw the suspect’s vehicle fleeing the parking lot as additional responding officers arrived.
The deputy watched the suspect’s vehicle drive towards an arriving patrol car and, believing the suspect was going to ram the patrol car, the deputy fired at the suspect.
The suspect vehicle fled the location on Central Avenue where it collided with a vehicle exiting the freeway. The suspect continued as officers pursued him. The suspect vehicle came to a stop at Highway 74 and Spring Street where the suspect fled on foot. After a brief chase the suspect was taken into custody.
The driver of the car that was hit was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. The suspect sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The initial arriving officer was injured during the assault by the suspect. The officer was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The suspect’s identity is not being released at this time.
Investigators from the Lake Elsinore Police Department and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit were called out and assumed the investigation. The deputy and officer involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave per department policy.
The investigation is ongoing. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Investigator Harvey at 951-955-2777 or Investigator Pelato at 951-245-3300.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
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