Officer shoots robbery suspect at end of foot chase in Hemet; suspect stopped and leveled gun at officer

HEMET (Wire Service) – A 19-year-old suspected of robbing a Hemet store Wed., January 2, was shot by a police officer at the end of a foot chase during which the bandit allegedly leveled his gun at his pursuers, authorities said.

The officer-involved shooting occurred around 8:45 a.m. near Melrose Avenue and Girard Street, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, which was asked by Hemet police to investigate the incident.

A short time before the gunfire, officers had been called to a strip mall in the 2100 block of East Florida Avenue to investigate an armed robbery, sheriff’s officials said.

While speaking with a witness near the intersection of El Nita Lane and Girard, officers heard shots and immediately focused a block away, where they spotted Jesus Rivera of San Jacinto running west on Melrose, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Lisa McConnell.

Rivera allegedly ran behind a house, with officers not far behind, McConnell said.

“An assisting officer entered the backyard from the side of the house,” McConnell said. “He saw the suspect stop, turn and point his gun in the direction of the pursuing officers. At this time, an officer-involved shooting occurred.”

Rivera suffered a non-life-threatening wound and was taken to a hospital for treatment. No officers were injured, authorities said.

4 Responses to "Officer shoots robbery suspect at end of foot chase in Hemet; suspect stopped and leveled gun at officer"

  1. Lee Chew   January 4, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Good job Hemet Police. This could have turned out bad for others just being at the wrong place during this crime.

  2. Pete Dvarackas   January 4, 2013 at 9:13 am

    So-o-o glad I moved out of Hemet/San Jac a year ago. Hate the area, the smog, the gang-bangers w/50cal & ATKs and the drug runners on choppers. Good riddance!

  3. Hemet   January 5, 2013 at 12:55 am

    I’m glad I moved from Hemet 4 months ago as well… we were only there for 2 years, but during that time got burglarized and all this section 8 housing got erected along with drug houses and gang bangers. Thought we had moved into a nice neighborhood (Willowalk) too! Boy was I wrong… never going back

  4. Wilby   January 5, 2013 at 7:28 am

    The Officer missed and only wounded this guy. That’s too bad.


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