LAKE ELSINORE – Officers called to investigate an assault shot and killed the suspect after he attempted to run them down with his vehicle.
Officers from the Lake Elsinore Police Department were called to investigate an assault with a deadly weapon incident on Thursday, January 16 around 6:00 p.m. Officers were informed that the suspect was driving a gold-colored Ford Crown Victoria, and given a partial license plate number.
Nearly two hours later, an officer from the Lake Elsinore Police Department recognized what was believed to be the suspect’s vehicle parked at a business on the 18400 block of Dexter Avenue, Lake Elsinore. There were two people inside of the vehicle. At this time, the officer called for backup.
When other officers arrived, they approached the vehicle and commanded the driver to exit the vehicle. The suspect ignored the officer’s demands and started the vehicle, refusing to turn off the engine. At this time, he shifted the car in reverse and headed straight for the officers.
The suspect’s vehicle ran over an officer’s foot while he was attempting to move out of the path of the vehicle. In response, four officers fired at the vehicle, killing the suspect. The female passenger was not injured, and was questioned and released.
The injured officer was treated at the scene. No other officers sustained injuries. All were placed on paid administrative leave per department policy. Investigators from the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation.
The Sheriff’s Department requests that anyone who may have information regarding this incident call Investigator Cole at the Riverside Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit, 951-955-2777 or Investigator Schell at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station, 951-245-3300.
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