Originally published as a Riverside Police Department Facebook post –
“Yesterday morning around 7:40 a.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2021, Watch B patrol officers responded to the area of Sunnyside Drive and Mono Drive for gunshots that were heard in this Magnolia Center neighborhood. As the first officer arrived and was approaching the suspect sitting on the curb, the suspect saw the officer and immediately tossed a loaded handgun a few feet away.
Their investigation determined this suspect was having a conversation with an unidentified man in front of a house when he fired two shots into the ground. The unknown man left the area before officers arrived but the suspect remained at the scene.
Jose Luis Chavez, 30-years-old of Riverside, was arrested and booked into jail for negligent discharge of a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, and other weapons violations. He is being held on $10,000 bail. A records check showed Mr. Chavez was just discharged from parole last November for assault with a deadly weapon.
We’d like to thank those who called 9-1-1 after hearing this gunfire in their neighborhood, which helped lead to this arrest.”