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Deputy opens fire on driver who allegedly tried to run him down


Last updated 3/13/2019 at 6:32pm

PERRIS - A Riverside County sheriff's deputy fired shots on Wednesday, March 13 at a suspected car thief who tried to run him over during a Perris traffic stop and then sped off.

The deputy-involved shooting happened about 3:40 a.m. in the area of La More and Metz roads, according to sheriff's spokesman Deputy Mike Vasquez.

He said the suspect, described only as a Hispanic woman in her 30s, was pulled over by two patrolmen based on suspicions that the vehicle she was driving, a Chevrolet Trailblazer, was stolen.

As the deputies walked toward the SUV, the woman "accelerated toward them, and a deputy-involved shooting occurred,'' Vasquez said, adding that only one of the lawmen opened fire.

Neither deputy was injured.

The suspect sped away in an unknown direction, and additional deputies were summoned to help locate the Trailblazer, which was found abandoned a short time later near the intersection of Diana Street and San Jacinto Avenue, according to Vasquez.

A woman was detained in the area, but she turned out not to be the suspect, who was last seen wearing a dark-colored tank top and blue jeans.

The deputy who discharged his weapon was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the shooting.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff's Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777.


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