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Four Lake Elsinore police officers have been placed on administrative leave after a shooting left the suspect of an assault with a deadly weapon call dead inside inside his gold-colored Ford Crown Victoria at approximately 7:50 p.m. on January 16 in the 18400 block of Dexter Avenue in Lake Elsinore, a sheriff’s official reported.
The suspect, whose name is being withheld until his family can be notified, was sitting in the car that an officer matched for the vehicle described in an earlier assault call, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s report.
Once the officer identified the vehicle he called for additional backup. After that backup arrived, the suspect became non-compliant, Sheriff’s Deputy Albert Martinez said.
“The suspect ignored the officers’ commands (to exit the ford) and started the vehicle,” said Martinez. “The officers asked the suspect to turn off the engine and the suspect refused to comply.”
The suspect then backed the car in reverse and ran over the foot of an officer causing all four on-scene officers to open fire and the suspect was pronounced dead shortly after, the Sheriff’s deputy said.
All four individuals have been placed on administrative leave per department policy as the incident is being investigated, according to Martinez.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Investigator Cole at the Riverside Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777 or Investigator Schell at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station at 951-245-3300.