Man suspected of shooting at cops behind bars

RIVERSIDE – A Fontana man suspected of shooting at law enforcement officers near downtown Riverside and then fleeing to an abandoned home, where he hid until a police dog flushed him out, was behind bars today.

Luis Fernando Diaz, 35, allegedly attempted to run another motorist off the road in Jurupa Valley on Saturday night, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies spotted the vehicle identified in the road rage incident near Brockton Avenue and Mission Inn Boulevard in Riverside shortly after 8 p.m. and approached the driver, sheriff’s Sgt. Justin Rowan said.

Diaz allegedly bailed out of the car and fled on foot, opening fire on the deputies as they closed in on him. The suspect ran north, and deputies lost sight of him, Rowan said.

According to Rowan, a witness informed Riverside police that Diaz was hiding in a vacant house at 4278 Mission Inn Ave.

Deputies and police officers surrounded the property and ordered the suspect — who had crawled underneath the house — to surrender, to which they received no response, the sergeant said.

Around 11 p.m., a sheriff’s K9 deputy set his dog loose to flush Diaz out, resulting in the suspect being bitten and immediately giving up, according to Rowan.

Diaz received medical treatment and was booked into the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside on suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer and assault with a deadly weapon likely to produce great bodily injury. He’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

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