Murrieta Vehicle Thief Dead After Trying to Hit Police with Car

Murrieta Vehicle Thief Dead After Trying to Hit Police with Car

WILDOMAR –  A stolen vehicle followed by a police pursuit led to the shooting death of the suspect officials said. On Saturday, October 22, 2016, at around 2:00 a.m. Murrieta police noticed a stolen vehicle in the area of Murrieta Hot Springs and Interstate 15 in the City of Murrieta. The officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver failed to yield leading to a high-speed pursuit.

The driver continued driving to the northbound 15 freeway exiting on Bundy Canyon Road in Wildomar. He then continued to evade the police going through several streets until he ultimately collided into a fence in the 32500 block of Mesa Drive. After stopping, officers attempted to detain the suspect, but he accelerated colliding into multiple police vehicles. He continued accelerating, driving toward officers causing one or more of the officers to shoot the suspect.

Officers and paramedics both provided medical aid, but the suspect died as a result of his injuries. Riverside Sheriff’s Department Central Homicide Unit arrived at the scene to conduct an investigation. The identity of the suspect is being withheld at this time pending the ongoing investigation and notification of next of kin. One officer also sustained injuries but was treated and released from a local hospital. All officers involved have been placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Investigator Martin Alfaro with the Riverside County Sheriff Department’s Central Homicide Unit at (760) 393-3500.

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