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. 19 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 Thursday, October 19, 2006, at approximately 10:15 a.m, Riverside Police Officer Jeffrey ADCOX conducted a traffic enforcement stop in the 5800-block of Crest Avenue, near the corner with Babb Avenue, on a motorist who had made an illegal U-turn and had failed to stop at a stop sign. Officer Giovanni ILI arrived within minutes as a backup.

During the enforcement stop, the suspect driver became belligerent with the officers. The incident escalated when the suspect physically attacked the officers. During the violent struggle the suspect and the officers fell to the ground. Once on the ground the suspect grabbed Officer Iliís duty weapon and tried to pull the gun from the holster. As the officer fought to maintain his handgun the suspect grabbed the officerís taser and pointed the taser at the Officer Ili. Fearing for the safety of Officer Ili, Officer Adcox fired his duty weapon striking and killing the suspect, identified by the Riverside County Coroner as Joseph Darnell HILL, 34, of Riverside.

The investigation continues.