Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date November 15, 2005
Contact Sergeant Leon Phillips
Phone (951) 320-8061

Officer Involved Shooting



Riverside, Ca- On November 15, 2005, at approximately 6:50 PM, the Riverside Police Communications Center received a report of a possible suicidal subject who was armed with a firearm. The person was at a private residence in the 5200 block of Old Mill Road. Several officers responded to the call and staged in a nearby parking lot.


The reporting party had stated she is a roommate of the suspect and that he had brandished a firearm at her during a disagreement. She left the house and called the police. When the officers entered the neighborhood, they began a tactical operation to surround the house and call the suspect out. During the operation, the suspect could be seen through the windows of the house. He was armed with a firearm and eventually exited the front door of the house while still armed. An officer was in position to immediately see him walk out. The officer ordered the suspect to drop his weapon. The suspect refused, raised the weapon to his shoulder and pointed it in the direction of the officer. The officer fired several rounds at the suspect who was struck in the upper body by at least one bullet. He fell to the ground and was taken into custody moments later.


The suspect sustained very serious injuries and was transported to Riverside Community Hospital for emergency medical treatment. Several firearms were recovered from the residence including the one he was in possession of when he exited the house. The suspect is Todd Webster Argow, 53 of Riverside. He was arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon on his roommate and Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a police officer.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Jay Greenstein at (951) 320-8058 or Detective Steve Shumway at (951) 320-8011.