Arraignment is scheduled Friday for a 36-year-old man who allegedly tried to shoot his way into a Riverside apartment and then turned his gun on arriving police officers, who shot him.
Baltazar Antonio Lievano was arrested on Jan. 2 after the officer-involved shooting in the 11400 block Magnolia Avenue, near Fillmore Street.
Lievano is charged with four counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer and one count each of reckless discharge of a gun, attempted burglary, receiving stolen property and being in possession of a controlled substance while armed.
The defendant is under detention at the Riverside County sheriff’s infirmary of Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley. His bail is set at $2 million.
According to Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback, Lievano allegedly tried to force his way inside a unit at the apartment complex about 7:30 a.m. and opened fire with a handgun during the attempted break-in, prompting multiple calls to 911.
Patrol officers arrived within a few minutes and encountered the “heavily armed suspect,” at which point they ordered him to surrender, Railsback said. Lievano did not follow commands and posed an imminent threat to the lawmen, at least one of whom opened fire, the officer said.
Lievano underwent surgery at Riverside Community Hospital and was later transferred to the county infirmary to recover.
No officers or civilians were injured.
There was no word on why the defendant was allegedly trying to gain access to the apartment, or who was inside.
He has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.
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