Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date May 27, 2003
Contact Officer Felix Medina
Phone (909) 826-5939
Fax (909) 826-2594


Officer Involved Shooting

Riverside, Ca-  On Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at approximately 1:06 pm, the Riverside Police Communications Center received a phone call from a citizen regarding a suspicious occupied vehicle at the corner of Esparanza Street and Marguerita Avenue. Shortly after 1:40 pm, two Riverside Police Officers arrived on scene and made contact with the suspect inside of the vehicle.

The lone suspect exited the vehicle armed with a knife. After contact was made, both officers fired their service weapons at the suspect striking him at least once. A license check was conducted on the suspect’s vehicle, a 1997 silver Acura, and found that it was a listed as a “Stolen Vehicle”.

The suspect was treated for his injuries at the scene by medical personnel and transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The suspect’s identity is not being released pending notification of next of kin. No other injuries have been reported as a result of this incident.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Detective Jim Brandt at (909) 320-8027 or Detective Ron Sanfilippo at (909) 320-8051.