Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date Monday, October 23, 2006
Contact Steven Frasher, Press Information Officer
Phone (951) 826-5147

Release of names of officers in Oct. 8 police shooting

Riverside, Ca- The Riverside Police Department is releasing the names of Police Officers involved in the recent shooting incidents in the City of Riverside.

On Sunday, October 8, 2006, Officers Nicholas VAZQUEZ and Brett STENNETT were en route to a robbery call at the Home Depot when they encountered the recently-wrecked suspect vehicle on Indiana Avenue near Jefferson. Officer David JOHANSEN also arrived within one minute of the suspectís collision with a tree and parked truck.

According to the investigation to date, Officer Stennett was trying to physically remove the suspect, identified as Douglas Steven Cloud, 27, of Riverside, from his wrecked vehicle. Cloud struggled to break away and accelerated the vehicle at a high rate of rpm, working the steering wheel back and forth in an effort to escape. Fearing the car would lurch into one of the officers, and because suspect Cloud several times appeared to reach for something in the vehicle console officers feared might be a weapon, Officers Vasquez and Johansen fired their duty weapons.

Cloud died at the scene. Subsequent investigation found no weapon. The investigation continues.