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Man killed during alleged Lake Elsinore attack on deputies identified


Friday, January 17th, 2014
Issue 03, Volume 18.


LAKE ELSINORE - An assault suspect shot to death by sheriff's deputies when he allegedly tried to run one of them over in Lake Elsinore was identified today as a 28-year-old Orange County man.

Raymond Roberts of Mission Viejo was killed around 8 p.m. last Thursday in the 18400 block of Dexter Avenue. The coroner's office listed Roberts' death as still under investigation.

Roughly two hours before the shooting, deputies had been called to investigate an assault with a deadly weapon in another part of the city and learned that the man involved fled in a gold-colored Ford Crown Victoria, said Riverside County sheriff's spokesman Deputy Albert Martinez.

He said deputies spotted the vehicle with a man and woman inside on Dexter, and after verifying the license plate, approached the car.

"Several commands to exit the vehicle were given to the suspect," Martinez said. "The suspect ignored the deputies' commands and started the vehicle. The deputies asked the suspect to turn off the engine, and the suspect refused to comply. The suspect then shifted his vehicle in reverse, backing up toward the deputies."

Martinez alleged that a deputy's foot was run over, at which point four deputies opened fire on the Ford.

Roberts suffered fatal wounds and died before paramedics arrived. The woman was not injured and was released after being questioned, according to Martinez.

He said the injured deputy was treated at a hospital. All of the deputies involved were placed on paid administrative leave pending completion of an inquiry.


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LAKE ELSINORE - An assault suspect was shot and killed when he backed a car into a Riverside County sheriff's deputy trying to arrest him in Lake Elsinore, authorities said today.

The deputy-involved shooting occurred around 8 p.m. Thursday in the 18400 block of Dexter Avenue.

Roughly two hours before, deputies had been called to investigate an assault with a deadly weapon in another part of the city and learned that the suspect fled in a gold-colored Ford Crown Victoria, said Deputy Albert Martinez.

The sheriff's spokesman said deputies spotted the sedan with a man and woman inside on Dexter, and after verifying the license plate, approached the car.

"Several commands to exit the vehicle were given to the suspect," Martinez said. "The suspect ignored the deputies' commands and started the vehicle. The deputies asked the suspect to turn off the engine, and the suspect refused to comply. The suspect then shifted his vehicle in reverse, backing up toward the deputies."

A deputy's foot was run over, at which point four deputies opened fire on the Crown Victoria, Martinez said.

The driver, whose name was withheld, suffered fatal gunshot wounds and died before paramedics arrived. The woman was not injured and was released after being questioned, according to Martinez.

He said the injured deputy was treated at a hospital. All of the deputies involved were placed on paid administrative leave pending completion of an inquiry, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.


 

9 comments

Comment Profile Imagelucky foot
Comment #1 | Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 5:34 pm
Run over a foot and get killed!
Comment Profile Imageashley
Comment #2 | Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 8:11 pm
The suspect is my cousin
Comment Profile ImageOh well
Comment #3 | Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 9:59 pm
Dumb enough to ignore police commands, dumb enough to back the car into a deputy, u deserve to get shot... His fault
Comment Profile ImageReality Checker
Comment #4 | Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 at 9:19 am
Heeere's your sign!! Stupid is as stupid does. Stupid gets what stupid asks for.
Comment Profile ImageA friend
Comment #5 | Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 at 11:58 am
Officers are using guns too freely !! Aren't there other options ?! Ever heard of a tazer ?!
Comment Profile ImageOnce again
Comment #6 | Monday, Jan 20, 2014 at 7:34 am
There is a saying in Riverside County that if you want to commit suicide, curse a cop and hope for a clean head shot. Of course, they will have to empty the gun in hopes of hitting you. Their level of training is so horrendous, that most cannot write a report. (Except in Spanish).
Comment Profile ImageMy 2 cents
Comment #7 | Monday, Jan 20, 2014 at 8:35 am
It is possible that the tazer option was not available. Maybe the suspect had his window rolled up.
Comment Profile Imagedown with dirty power trip cops
Comment #8 | Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 7:03 pm
Tells you if your wanted just shoot it out cause there going to kill you anyway for looking at them wrong.
Comment Continued : The comment above was written from the same location.
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Comment Profile Imageunarmed man
Comment #9 | Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 7:08 pm
Just another cop shooting an unarmed man. Wow there tough!

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