A sheriff’s deputy opened fire Wednesday on two men suspected of trying to rip off a Jurupa Valley business, but no one was struck by the gunfire, and the suspects were arrested following a brief chase.
The deputy-involved shooting happened about 11:45 a.m. in the 6000 block of Camino Real, near Limonite Avenue, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputy Robyn Flores said a patrol deputy was called to the area to investigate a business owner’s complaint that the suspects, whose names were not immediately released, were trying to commit an unspecified act of fraud.
When the patrolman confronted the pair, they allegedly reacted in a way that prompted the deputy to pull his sidearm and open fire, according to Flores.
She declined to provide further details about the encounter at the business.
Flores said the men then jumped in a vehicle and sped northbound roughly two miles before the driver lost control of the car, which crashed in a dirt field at the intersection of Camino Real and Mission Boulevard.
Several deputies converged on the location, and a canine was deployed to apprehend the suspects, both of whom surrendered, Flores said.
No one was injured.
The deputy who opened fire was not identified. He was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation by sheriff’s detectives, which is regular protocol in law enforcement-involved shootings.
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