Authorities shot and killed a suspect who violated a domestic violence restraining order before ramming his car into multiple police vehicles and a private vehicle, injuring a police officer, sheriff’s officials said Friday.
The incident began around 10 p.m. Thursday, when deputies from the Perris Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of a domestic violence dispute in the 17000 block of Ridge Canyon Drive, in the unincorporated area of Perris known as Woodcrest, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
“Upon arrival, the male suspect was not located and deputies learned the suspect had a felony warrant for a violation of an assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, kidnapping, vandalism, and a domestic violence restraining order violation,” the department said.
Authorities learned the suspect had fled the scene. He was later located in the area of Interstate 10 and Beaumont Avenue in the city of Beaumont. A sheriff’s helicopter located the suspect’s vehicle in the 400 block of East Fourth Street.
“The suspect attempted to flee the area by ramming a vehicle occupied by a private citizen and multiple police cars. An officer and deputy involved shooting occurred at that time. While the ramming occurred, an officer became trapped underneath a vehicle and couldn’t escape,” the sheriff’s department said.
“An officer needs help call was broadcasted to multiple law enforcement agencies. Surrounding agencies, along with our Special Enforcement Bureau, arrived on scene with an armored rescue vehicle, which was used to safely extract the injured officer. The officer was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.”
Sheriff’s officials said numerous attempts were made to have the suspect exit the vehicle, and after no movement, deputies approached the vehicle and found the suspect deceased.
No other deputies or officers were injured, and authorities said there were no outstanding suspects.
The Beaumont Police Department, Banning Police Department, and the California Highway Patrol were also involved in the pursuit and arrest.
The involved deputes and officers will be placed on administrative leave per their department policies.
An investigator from the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office will lead the investigation, aided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Force Investigations Detail. Anyone with information regarding the incident was encouraged to contact District Attorney’s Investigator Felipe Munoz at 951-922-7624 or Sheriff’s Investigator Dan Moody at 951-955-2777.