Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date December 10, 2004
Contact Sergeant Leon Phillips
Phone (951) 320-8061
Fax (951) 320-8043


Officer Involved Shooting

Riverside, Ca-  On Thursday, December 9, 2004, at approximately 9:10 PM, an Officer from the Riverside Police Department made a traffic stop on a white Ford Ranger pick-up on Arlington Avenue at Crest Avenue. The Officer had seen the truck traveling on Arlington without lights during hours of darkness and suspected the driver may be driving under the influence of alcohol. She contacted the driver and began her investigation after another Officer arrived to assist as a routine back-up officer.

The driver refused to exit the truck when the Officer asked him to do so. A struggle ensued in the open driverís door of the truck and the driver began driving away while the Officer was trapped in the opening. The suspect held onto the Officerís uniform shirt and dragged her several hundred feet along Arlington Avenue. The assisting Officer feared she may be seriously injured if the suspect did not stop or let her go. He fired his service weapon one time through the back window of the truck. The driver released the first Officer and she tumbled and rolled to a stop on the street.

The driver drove away but was followed by the Riverside Police Department helicopter unit. The helicopter crew directed ground units to the location where the driver had fled. Officers quickly arrived at the suspectís house on Corwin and pursued him on foot into the house. He was taken into custody without further incident. A family member was also temporarily taken into custody and released after the investigators interviewed him. Detectives from the Central Investigations Division of the Riverside Police Department responded and conducted an Officer Involved Shooting investigation.

The Officer received moderate injuries and was treated and released at Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley. The suspect was not injured. He is identified as Michael Angel Garcia, 21, of Riverside. He was arrested for Attempted Murder of a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Kidnapping and Resisting with Violence.