Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date December 7, 2004
Contact Sergeant Leon Phillips
Phone (951) 320-8061
Fax (951) 320-8043


Officer Involved Shooting

Riverside, Ca-  On Monday, December 6, 2004, at approximately 8:20 PM, the Riverside Police Department received a report of a male subject attempting to cash a check using a false identification at the Food 4 Less store located at 3900 Chicago Avenue in the City of Riverside. An Officer responded to the store and confronted the male inside. He immediately began to fight with the Officer. The two of them struggled and fought their way outside of the store and into the parking lot. A female accomplice of the male came to his aid by trying to run down the Officer with her car. She tried several other times to hit the Officer, striking him at least once during the altercation. The Officer drew his duty weapon and fired at the female several times. She was hit by the Officer’s gunfire and was taken by ambulance to Riverside Community Hospital for emergency treatment of her injuries. She was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

The male suspect was taken into custody and charged with Forgery, Commercial Burglary, Assault with a Deadly Weapon Upon a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest with Violence and Violation of Parole. His name is Christopher Steven Grotness (32 Years) of Riverside. The identity of the female is being withheld at this time. Mr. Grotness was treated for minor injuries at Riverside Community Hospital prior to being booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.

The Officer received moderate injuries and was also treated and released at Riverside Community Hospital. No other civilians were injured during the incident.

Detectives from the General Investigations Bureau, Robbery / Homicide Unit responded to the scene and conducted an Officer Involved Shooting investigation. At the time of the incident, there were numerous civilian witnesses watching the events develop. Some may have fled the scene prior to the arrival of assisting Officers. Anyone who witnessed this incident but was not contacted by Police Investigators is asked to call Detective Jay Greenstein at 951-320-8058 and arrange to be interviewed.