Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date Sunday, October 8, 2006
Contact Steven Frasher, Press Information Officer
Phone (951) 826-5147

Officer Involved Shooting

Riverside, Ca- On Sunday, October 08, 2006, at approximately 4:45 PM, Riverside Police Officers responded to a radio call of a robbery in progress at the Home Depot store located at Madison Street and Indiana Avenue in the City of Riverside. The suspect stole merchandise from the store. When he tried to leave, other customers who saw what he had done tried to stop him and a struggle ensued at his vehicle. He was able to drive from the parking lot and escape. He fled at a high rate of speed westbound on Indiana and lost control of his car while passing Jefferson. He crashed on the north side of Indiana at Detroit Drive.

Officers who were en route to the call at Home Depot spotted the accident and recognized the car as the reported suspect from the robbery call. When they stopped, the suspect was still in the car. The officers fired shots as they tried to take him into custody. American Medical Response and Riverside Fire Department personnel were called to the scene to render aid. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The suspect was a 27-year–old, white/male resident of the City of Riverside. His identity is not being released pending contact with his family. Anyone with information related to this incident is urged to call Detective Dave Smith at 951-353-7103 or Detective Greg Rowe at 951-353-7136.