Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date July 3, 2002
Contact Sergeant Larry Gonzalez 
Phone (909) 351-6236
Fax (909) 351-6238


Suicide Attempt

Riverside, Ca-  On July 3, 2002, Riverside Police officers responded to 6515 Stover regarding a male subject who was suicidal and possibly armed with a gun. Officers learned he was going to make the police shoot him when they contacted him.  When officers arrived, they found the male subject sitting in a white Ford pick-up truck to the front of the residence.  They ordered the subject out of the vehicle in an attempt to evaluate him for a possible 72-hour mental evaluation. The subject ignored officers commands and remained in the front seat of the truck.

Officers made contact with the subject via cellular phone.  The subject told officers he did not want to live and he was going to make them shoot him. He then started the vehicle and revved the engine as if he was going to run over officers that were positioned behind him. The stand off continued for several hours with both SWAT & Hostage negotiators called to the scene. The SWAT team used a diversionary tactic, which ultimately convinced the subject to comply and exit the vehicle. The subject was taken into custody and transported to ETS where he was held for a 72-hour mental evaluation.