One man has been taking into custody following an officer involved shooting in Hemet, police officials have reported. The incident occurred following a police pursuit in the early morning hours Sunday, Oct. 8.
According to a press release issued by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the shooting occurred after a San Jacinto police officer “attempted to conduct a vehicle stop” on a red Ford Mustang in the area of Cottonwood Avenue and State Street in San Jacinto.
“The officer witnessed erratic driving actions, and suspected the driver may be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The driver failed to yield, and a vehicle pursuit ensued,” Riverside County Sheriff Department Spokesman Deputy Mike Vasquez said.
The chase wound its way through several cities, eventually entering into Hemet, where the driver “yielded to officers” near the intersection of Florida Avenue and Warren Road.
“The vehicle was occupied by three adult occupants and both passengers exited the vehicle without incident; however, the adult male driver pointed a handgun at the officers while exiting the vehicle and an officer involved shooting occurred,” Vasquez said.
Medical staff was summoned to the scene and treated the suspect, later identified as Juan Inzunza, 37, of Moreno Valley, before transporting him to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Inzunza was treated at the hospital and later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center, in the city of Riverside, for felony evading, felon in possession of a firearm and violating the terms of his parole.
Investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Central Homicide Unit and Hemet Sheriff’s Station responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.
“The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave per Department policy. The involved officer’s name will not be released at this time,” Vasquez said.
Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Central Homicide Unit Investigator Bishop at (951) 955-2777 or Investigator Porrazzo at the Hemet Sheriff’s Station at (951) 791-3425.