SAN BERNARDINO – Police have arrested two suspects and were searching for two more after a Friday night shooting with police that left one officer struck in the leg.
Eric Newson, 22, of Los Angeles and Keijuan Mayfield, 22, of Redlands were arrested after they attempted to flee on foot. Police arrested one other man in connection with the shooting, but he was released.
Two officers made an apparently routine traffic stop at the intersection of Sierra Way and Baseline Street at 9:12 p.m. But when the officers conducted the stop, two men left the suspect vehicle and began opening fire on the officers, according to reports. Officers returned gunfire, striking both shooting suspects in the legs. One of the officers was also struck in the leg. All three parties were taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
San Bernardino Police Spokesman, Lt. Paul Williams, said all of the weapons used in the attack were recovered from the area that was locked down by police throughout the night.
All four suspects were armed, said Williams. Newsom, who was charged with attempted murder, and Mayfield were both transported to county jail in Rancho Cucamonga, pending charges.
Officers made the traffic stop in a parking lot on the northwest corner of the Sierra/Baseline intersection. The two other suspects were also in the blue four-door sedan and fled the scene on foot; they are still being sought by police, said Williams.
He said the third suspect that had been originally arrested was not only released but was no longer considered a suspect.
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