A 42-year-old woman suspected of trying to run over a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop in Perris, prompting the lawman to open fire, was behind bars Friday.
Olivia Marie Kennett of Perris was arrested Thursday night in Homeland on suspicion of assault on a peace officer. She was booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta. Bail information was not immediately available.
The deputy-involved shooting occurred about 3:40 a.m. Wednesday in the area of La More and Metz roads, according to sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Mike Vasquez.
Kennett was pulled over by two patrolmen based on suspicions that the vehicle she was driving, a Chevrolet Trailblazer, was stolen, Vasquez said.
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.
There was no word on how detectives ultimately identified Kennett as the alleged perpetrator.
The deputy who discharged his weapon, whose name was not released, was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the shooting.
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