BANNING (CNS) – A convicted felon accused of shooting at Hemet police and California Highway Patrol officers during a seven-mile chase before surrendering on a roadside was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, Oct. 8 on several charges, including attempted murder of a peace officer.
Jonathan Kyler Nunn, 26, of Idyllwild was arrested Friday following the pursuit that began in south Hemet and ended in Homeland.
Along with the two counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, Nunn is charged with felony evading, eluding a peace officer, being a felon in possession of a firearm, shooting at an occupied vehicle and reckless discharge of a firearm. He’s being held without bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside and is slated to make his initial court appearance early this afternoon at the Banning Justice Center.
According to Hemet police Lt. Nathan Miller, an officer patrolling the area of Domenigoni Parkway and Sanderson Avenue about 5:40 p.m. Friday spotted Nunn at the wheel of a Toyota Solara and recognized him as a suspect in a noninjury shooting a week earlier.
The patrolman signaled the defendant to stop, but he sped off westbound on Domenigoni. As Nunn approached the intersection of Domenigoni and Highway 79 just south of Winchester, he fired several shots at the lawman, Miller said.
“The officer’s police car was struck by gunfire, but the officer was not hit or injured,” he said.
The pursuit turned north on 79, where Nunn allegedly shot at a California Highway Patrol officer who was stopped along the side of the four-lane corridor, not involved in the chase. The officer was not struck, but a bullet was later discovered in the patrol car.
“Neither the Hemet police officer nor the California Highway Patrol officer returned fire at the suspect,” Miller said.
Officers continued to trail Nunn, but a Riverside County sheriff’s helicopter crew took the lead, tracking the defendant as he turned west again, this time onto Highway 74, according to the lieutenant.
“The suspect fired several more times at pursuing officers while traveling Highway 74,” Miller said.
As he approached Juniper Flats Road in Homeland, Nunn slowed down and ultimately came to a stop, exiting the Toyota, tossing his handgun onto the ground and surrendering without further incident, according to Miller.
The police spokesman said a distraught woman, apparently the defendant’s girlfriend, also emerged from the Toyota and was detained, but she was released a short time later.
A Hemet police unit racing to the location was involved in a collision with a Toyota Camry at the 74 and Warren Road, but no one was hurt.
Authorities did not release details regarding the prior shooting in which the defendant was implicated.
According to court records, he has a prior conviction for making criminal threats.