ONTARIO – A Pomona man was arrested after ramming a patrol vehicle with a stolen a semi-tractor truck on Monday morning.
At around 1:07 a.m. Ontario Police responded to the 5100 block of East Shea Center Drive, after receiving a call reporting that a male suspect was attempting to steal a semi-tractor truck. The suspect rammed the gate multiple times and also struck the security guard, causing injury. The guard was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Officers arrived as the suspect attempted to flee and the officers followed. The suspect pulled over in the 5400 block of East Airport Drive, but instead of submitting to arrest, he placed the vehicle in reverse ramming the police vehicle and nearly hitting two officers. The suspects led officers on a pursuit through Fontana and drove eastbound in the westbound lanes of the 60 freeway. The officers discharged their firearms on the freeway in an attempt to stop the suspect. The suspect drove up an embankment west of Pyrite Avenue and stopped at a gas station where he submitted to arrest.
The 37-year-old suspect, whose name is being withheld at this time, was transported to the hospital for a gunshot wound on his leg. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting an investigation into the incident. Meanwhile, the two Ontario officers who discharged their firearms will be placed on the standard three-day paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated. The suspect will be booked into the West Valley Detention Center for Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Attempted Murder of a Police Officer, Grand Theft Auto, and Felony Evading.
The Ontario Police Department is handling the investigation into the stolen vehicle, the pursuit, and assaults on the security guards and officers. The investigation is ongoing, anyone with information pertinent to the incident should contact the Ontario Police Department at 909-986-6711 or Detective Robert Marquez at 909-408-1777.
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