A felon accused of shooting at sheriff’s deputies on the Morongo Indian Reservation east of Banning, where he barricaded himself in a home for hours until surrendering, is slated to make his initial court appearance Friday.
Michael Dennis Duran, 52, of Banning was arrested Sunday following the alleged armed confrontation, which began with a pursuit.
Duran is charged with attempted murder of a peace officer, assault on a peace officer with a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of a loaded gun, with a sentence-enhancing allegation of committing a crime while on bail.
The defendant is being held without bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning and is scheduled to appear before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Hollenhorst at the Banning Justice Center on Friday afternoon.
About 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Duran allegedly fired a gun several times in the area of Chino and Ramon roads, on the north end of the reservation, for reasons still under investigation, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Carroll.
Patrol deputies were called to the area and encountered the defendant driving away, at which point they attempted to stop him, but he sped off, Carroll said.
Deputies chased Duran westbound for two miles, until he stopped at a residence in the 12100 block of Morongo Road, just north of Interstate 10, he said.
“The pursuit concluded (and) the suspect shot at the deputies,” the sergeant alleged.
Duran ran inside the house and locked the doors while armed, accoring to Carroll, who said an alert was broadcast that deputies had come under fire, leading personnel from several law enforcement agencies to converge on the location to assist, along with sheriff’s SWAT members.
“A perimeter was established around the residence, and all surrounding homes were evacuated,” the sheriff’s spokesman said. “Several unsuccessful attempts were made to have the suspect exit the residence.”
Members of the sheriff’s bomb squad used a remote-controlled robot to forcibly enter the house.
“The robot located the suspect, who eventually surrendered to deputies,” Carroll said. No one was injured.
The sergeant said Duran, who was taken into custody about 10 p.m., is not a member of the Morongo tribe, but there was no explanation for why he was residing on the reservation.
According to court records, the offenses associated with Duran’s earlier arrest, in January — for which he was on bail — allegedly involved being under the influence of a controlled substance and carrying an assault rifle.
He has prior convictions for felony driving under the influence, assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and felony evading, records show.
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