Carjacking suspect shot, killed by officers in Menifee


Last updated 6/9/2019 at 9:46pm

Murrieta Police Department

K-9 Mick was shot during a police pursuit on Sunday, June 9 in Menifee that resulted in the shooting death of a carjacking suspect. K-9 Mick was treated at a local veterinary clinic and is expected to make a full recovery and return to active duty soon, according to the Murrieta Police Department.

MENIFEE - The Riverside County Sheriff's Department has distributed a press release regarding an officer-involved shooting that killed a carjacking suspect that they chased to Menifee in the morning on Sunday, June 9.

According to Public Information Officer Deputy Mike Vasquez ‪at approximately 3:50 a.m., deputies from the Perris Sheriff's Station received a report of an attempted carjacking in the area of Scott Road and Hahn Road. The suspect pulled a gun and attempted to take the victim's vehicle. The driver fled the scene and the suspect shot at him, hitting him in the head.

The driver was treated at a local hospital, and according to social media posts from the victim's family, seemed to be in good condition.

According to Deputy Vasquez, "The suspect remained in the area, and ‪at 4:48 a.m., deputies received a second report of a carjacking. The suspect, further described as a Hispanic male, brandished a weapon and carjacked the victim. The suspect fled the location in the victim's white BMW sedan. The vehicle was located in the city of Lake Elsinore and when deputies attempted to stop the vehicle pursuit ensued. Deputies received assistance from the Murrieta Police Department who aided in the pursuit."

At about 6:30 a.m., the pursuit ended in the 32000 block of Garland Lane. After stopping the vehicle, police said the suspect pulled out a firearm and a deputy-involved shooting occurred.

No deputies, officers or bystanders were injured during the incident, but K-9 Mick from the Murrieta Police Department sustained an injury. The Murrieta Police Department posted on Facebook that the injury, a gunshot wound to the dog's jaw and neck, was not life-threatening.

The suspect, who has yet to be identified, was shot by a Murrieta Police Officer at the intersection of Menifee Road and Garland Lane, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Vasquez said investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff's Central Homicide Unit (CHU) responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. He said Murrieta Police Investigators and staff also responded to the scene and information specific to the Murrieta Officers' involvement will be released at a later date.

Vasquez said the "deputies and officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave per Department policies."

Anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Central Homicide Investigator Paz at ‪(951) 955-2777‬ or Perris Sheriff Station Investigator Salisbury at ‪(951) 210-1000‬.


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