Deputy, suspect injured in pursuit collision in Temecula


Last updated 7/6/2019 at 7:34pm

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Investigators and deputies discuss an incident involving a suspect and Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy at Wolf Creek Park in Temecula on Wednesday, July 3.

TEMECULA - A heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter from Temecula was arrested on Wednesday, July 3 in Temecula after a Riverside County Sheriff's Department motorcycle officer intentionally hit him with his motorcycle to subdue and arrest him in a Temecula park.

According to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, investigators from the Temecula Sheriff's Station located Virgil Zwicker, 37, at a residence located on the 31000 block of Bitterroot Court.

According to investigators, Zwicker refused to the orders and a brief standoff ensued on the driveway of the residence.

"Zwicker reached into the cab of his vehicle during the standoff and it was unknown if he retrieved a weapon," according to Riverside County Sheriff's Sergeant Collazo. "Zwicker retreated through the residence and fled the area on foot."

He was located a short time later running in the area of Wolf Creek Park and when deputies tried to detain him, he again refused to comply.

"Zwicker was seen reaching into the front waistband area of his person by deputies when a motor unit intentionally collided into Zwicker," Sgt. Collazo wrote. "A use of force ensued and Zwicker was ultimately taken into custody."

"Both the deputy and suspect were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries," the sheriff's media information bureau reported.

Investigators later obtained a search warrant for the residence on Bitterroot Court and firearms and ammunition were seized.

After receiving medical attention Zwicker was booked at the Cois Byrd Detention Center for felony stalking, resisting arrest, ex-felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. His bail was set at $500,000.

Zwicker had recently improved his professional record to 17-9-1 following a first-round knockout of highly-regarded light heavyweight Attila Végh at Oktagon MMA Oktagon12 in Bratislava, Slovakia on June 8.

According to a 2016 feature story written about Zwicker on, Zwicker, known as "RezDog," was a defensive coordinator for Temecula Valley Pop Warner and ran a martial arts program for kids in the area.

A Temecula Valley Pop Warner representative indicated that he coached briefly for part of a season.

According to another story about him on in 2015, Zwicker once punched a principal in middle school and was sent to juvenile hall. He served 4 ½ years in prison for assaulting a police officer and did more time after knocking a guy's eyeball out during an altercation.

At the time of the incident on July 3, Zwicker was wanted for firearms, stalking and other related charges, and was also a wanted felon out of San Diego County. He turned 37 just days before the incident.

The name of the deputy involved in the collision was not released as an investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Roberge at the Temecula Sheriff's Station (951) 696-3000 or Riverside County Sheriff's Department Dispatch (951) 776-1099.

Riverside County Sheriff's Department

Virgil Zwicker was arrested for felony stalking, resisting arrest, ex-felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.


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