A 25-year-old man accused of trying to rob an off-duty Riverside County sheriff’s deputy and his family outside the Tyler Mall in Riverside, prompting the lawman to shoot him, was charged Wednesday with three counts of attempted armed robbery.

Victor Hugo Ochoa was arrested soon after the alleged botched holdup last Saturday night. He’s being held in lieu of $300,000 bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside and is slated to make his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

According to Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback, the unnamed deputy, along with his wife and child, were walking to their vehicle in the mall parking lot after making purchases in one of the stores when Ochoa allegedly confronted them about 9:45 p.m. Saturday, brandishing a handgun and demanding their valuables.

Railsback said the deputy pulled a concealed pistol and opened fire on the defendant, who suffered a non-life-threatening wound. No one else was injured.

The officer said Ochoa then jumped in his vehicle and sped away. He drove himself to a hospital emergency room to seek treatment, at which point staff notified police because the wound resulted from a gunshot, according to Railsback.

Officers went to the location and questioned the defendant, arresting him a few hours later, after he received treatment and was cleared by doctors to leave, Railsback said.

Ochoa has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

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