Off-Duty Officer Shoots At Burglary Suspects

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By Anthony Saude

Eastvale – An off-duty city of Pomona police officer, an Eastvale resident, opened fire at one of three men who broke into his home Saturday afternoon, Dec. 23. All three alleged suspects managed to escape unharmed after the shooting. The incident happened on the 6400 block of Caxton Street, south of Limonite Avenue and east of Hamner Avenue, in Eastvale.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies from the Eastvale Police Station responded to the home invasion at about 1:37 p.m. The deputies responded to a 911 call reporting a burglary and a shooting that had taken place at the off-duty officer’s home, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Ben Ramirez explained after the incident.

When deputies arrived at the location, they spoke with the off-duty officer and he advised them that he and another person were inside the home when they heard several subjects moving around inside the house.

It was reported that Ramirez said, “The off-duty officer armed himself and confronted two suspects in an upstairs room.” Reports show that the officer confronted the suspects at gunpoint, and fired several times at one of the suspects.  It is believed that all 3 of the suspects were able to flee the home unharmed.

Additional deputies and investigators were brought in from the Jurupa Valley Station and secured the scene and canvassed the surrounding neighborhoods in search of the three alleged burglars.

The three suspects were described to investigating deputies by other residents as three black men between the ages of 18-28 years, with thin to medium build. The three men reportedly were seen driving away from the area in a gray Hyundai.

Due to the extenuating circumstances, investigators from the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Investigators found signs of forced entry into the residence during their investigation. The shooting investigation is still an active and ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Investigator Martinez at the Jurupa Valley Station at (951) 955-2600, or Investigator Bishop at the Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number EV173570054 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s crime tips online form.


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