UPDATE: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2:03 p.m.
According to a press release issued by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, an officer involved shooting that occurred in the early morning hours Saturday, Oct. 22, resulted following a pursuit that led officers through parts of Murrieta and Wildomar.
“Officers from the Murrieta Police Department observed a stolen vehicle near Murrieta Hot Springs Road and Interstate 15, in the city of Murrieta,” Deputy Armando Munoz, wrote in the release. “Shortly thereafter, officers from the Murrieta Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop but the driver of the vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit ensued.”
The driver of the vehicle “accelerated at a high rate of speed and drove northbound onto Interstate 15,” according to the release,
The suspect exited Bundy Canyon Road, in the city of Wildomar where the pursuit continued through several streets. Ultimately, the vehicle collided into a fence in the area of the 32500 block of Mesa Drive. Officers attempted to apprehend the driver, who then purposely accelerated and collided into multiple Murrieta Police patrol vehicles and drove in the officers’ direction.
“Officers attempted to apprehend the driver, who purposely accelerated and collided into multiple Murrieta Police patrol vehicles. The suspect also drove toward the officers’ direction and an officer-involved shooting occurred,” Munoz wrote.
Officers and paramedics attempted life-saving measures on the suspect who ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
Investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff Department’s Central Homicide Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation upon a request for an independent investigation from the Murrieta Police Department.
The identity of the suspect is being withheld pending the ongoing investigation and notification of next of kin.
A Murrieta police officer was treated and released from the hospital for injuries sustained during this incident. The involved officers have been placed on administrative leave per Murrieta Police Department’s policy.
“The officers involved in this incident will not be identified at this time,” Munoz wrote.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Investigator Martin Alfaro with the Riverside County Sheriff Department’s Central Homicide Unit at (760) 393-3500.
One person is dead following an officer-involved shooting that took place in Wildomar Saturday, Oct. 22.
According to Riverside County Sheriff Deputy Armando Munoz, the shooting occurred in the 32500 block of Mesa Drive just after 2 a.m. and involved a Murrieta police officer. Munoz said the shooting resulted in the death of the suspect and one officer suffering from “non-life threatening injuries.”
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has assumed the investigation.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated when more information becomes available.