Suspected Rialto Shooter Faces Felony Charges
RIALTO – One day after being shot by police during an early morning exchange of gunfire, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man who is accused of shooting at two girlfriends on May 21.
Darnell White III, 32, a parolee with an extensive criminal history, appeared in court on Wednesday, facing charges for attempted murder of a police officer. One day after the shootings, White was arrested at a home in the 200 block of West Nicolet St. in the Riverside County city of Banning. His bail was set at $1 million.
Police said White drove by his ex-girlfriend’s house with an assault rifle and opened fire in the Rubidoux section of Jurupa Valley in Riverside County. He then drove to his current girlfriend’s house Rialto, which is located in San Bernardino County, and shot at her. Both incidents occurred on Tuesday night, May 20.
Neither woman was injured.
At about 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday, May 21, a Rialto police officer observed two vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed on Pepper Ave. near Etiwanda Ave. The officer initiated a traffic stop, said police.
Reports stated that White, who is married, had been chasing his current girlfriend when the officer, initially thinking it was a road rage incident, made the stop.
A driver, identified as White, got out of a red Nissan with an assault rifle in the 900 block of East Mesa Dr., said police. When an officer opened fire, believing White had been struck, he was able to disappear into a nearby residence. After searching that residence, police discovered White had escaped, but his fully loaded assault rifle was recovered at the scene.
White had been struck in the lower abdomen, said police, but managed to run away and remain free for just over 24 hours. Banning is located about 40 miles east of Rialto. The extent of White’s injuries was not released by police.
No officers were injured.
Along with being charged with the attempted murder of a police officer, White also faces charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a gun.