Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date October 1, 2005
Contact Sergeant Leon Phillips
Phone (951) 320-8061


Man Shot While Attacking Off-Duty Police Officer



Riverside, Ca- A Moreno Valley man was shot by an off-duty San Bernardino Police Officer during a roadside confrontation. Both men were riding in vehicles traveling South on Alessandro Boulevard near Canyon Crest Drive. Nicholas Allen Smith, 21 of Moreno Valley became angry with the off-duty officer and threw an object at his car. Smith was in the front passenger seat at the time. The officer pulled to the side of the road, followed by the other vehicle. Smith got out and began smashing the windows of the officer’s personal car while shouting obscenities and threatening to kill him. Fearing for his life and while still seated in his car, the off-duty officer drew his handgun from a concealed holster and fired at Smith, striking him once. Smith sustained a non-life-threatening, perforating gunshot wound to his left abdomen. He was taken by ambulance to Riverside Community Hospital where he was treated and released before being booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center. The other occupants of the car were questioned by detectives and released. The officer suffered glass cuts to his face and arms.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call Detective Rick Wheeler at 951-320-9003 or Detective Rick Cobb at-320-8001