A convicted felon accused of holding his girlfriend against her will inside a Riverside apartment, leading to the woman being shot inadvertently by police when officers forced their way inside, pleaded not guilty Friday to false imprisonment and other charges.
Resan Bingham, 29, of San Bernardino, was arrested Monday following the shooting in the 800 block of Blaine Street, just north of the UC Riverside campus.
Along with the false imprisonment count, Bingham is charged with witness intimidation, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and making criminal threats.
He was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mac Fisher, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Oct. 5 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
The defendant is being held without bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.
According to Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback, about 2:15 p.m. Monday, Bingham’s girlfriend, identified in court documents only as “D.J.,” called 911 saying a man was outside her Blaine Street apartment with a handgun, causing her to fear for her safety.
Railsback said patrol officers reached the location within a few minutes and discovered “a black backpack on top of a bush underneath the woman’s second-story balcony, and inside was a handgun.”
The officers went to the apartment to investigate and knocked on the door, asking for the victim to open it, according to Railsback.
He said the officers could hear noises inside the unit, but the woman would not open the door, at which point an officer kicked it open.
“When the door opened, an officer-involved-shooting occurred, and the woman was shot once in the shoulder area,” according to the police spokesman.
Bingham was in the apartment but was not struck by the gunfire. He was taken into custody without further incident, Railsback said.
D.J. was taken to Riverside Community Hospital and treated for her non-life-threatening gunshot wound, from which she is now recovering at home, according to Railsback.
“Later that evening, investigators learned (Bingham) was her boyfriend, and he had used physical force to prevent her from answering the door when the officers knocked,” the police spokesman said.
It was unclear why the woman was in the line of fire, or what prompted the officer to shoot.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Force Investigations Unit is handling the inquiry for the police department.
The officer’s status was not disclosed.
According to court records, Bingham has prior convictions for robbery and battery resulting in great bodily injury. He has served time in state prison, records show.