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By Jeff Pack

Wildomar man arrested after 8-hour standoff with police

Eric Clifford Rinderhagen, 44, was arrested on multiple charges


Last updated 12/21/2018 at 10:06am

Shane Gibson

Law enforcement engage in a standoff with a suspect in a Wildomar neighborhood along Clinton Keith Road near Jana Lane on Thursday, Dec. 20.

WILDOMAR - A Wildomar man who had been under investigation by the Wildomar Police Department in a criminal threats investigation was reported by neighbors to be standing in a driveway, firing a rifle into the air and threatening neighbors around 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20.

Residents living on the 24000 block of Mauri Court in Wildomar called 911 and once officers identified as Eric Clifford Rinderhagen, 44, as the man already under investigation, the Riverside County Sheriff’s SWAT team was activated and responded to the scene.

Homes in the area were evacuated for public safety as deputies deployed, and Smith Ranch Road was closed to traffic. Riverside County Fire Department paramedics were staging two blocks from the location.

After several hours, Rinderhagen was taken into custody without injury to him, the public or deputy sheriffs. He was interviewed and later arrested for multiple charges of making terrorist threats, negligent discharge of a firearm, stalking and resisting arrest.

Rinderhagen was booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center. Riverside County Sheriff's reported that no other suspects are related to this incident.

Shane Gibson

Law enforcement close roads around a neighborhood along Clinton Keith Road in Wildomar where they engaged with a suspect on Thursday, Dec. 20.

According to the police department, Rinderhagen was first made known to Wildomar Police detectives on Nov. 26, when they received information that Rinderhagen was "threatening to kill multiple people related to and acquainted with him on a specific date."

Detectives conducted interviews with potential victims and witnesses and obtained evidence from recorded phone messages and text messages. A threat assessment of the suspect was conducted and based on multiple weapons registered to the suspect, the Riverside County Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team was notified.

There was no information on whether Rinderhagen was arrested at that time.

Wildomar Police Department said the incident remains an active investigation and encourages anyone with information to call Lead Investigator Kelleher of the Wildomar Police Department at (951) 245-3300.

City News Service contributed to this story.


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