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Shooter Gunned Down By Police In Wildomar

“We heard shots – two sets of four shots,” followed by “several bursts” later on.

UPDATE: Sheriff's officials provided updated information Wednesday indicating the alleged shooter is 54, not 52 as originally reported.

Reports of gunfire Tuesday evening in Wildomar escalated into an officer-involved shooting, authorities confirmed early Wednesday morning.

The incident began when police responded to a call of gunshots shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday in the 24000 block of Mercer Lane in Wildomar, according to Sgt. Lisa McConnell of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

A father and son drove to the residence and honked as they pulled into the drive, and that's when shots were fired from the home, McConnell said.

The pair quickly backed off the property and escaped injury, McConnell continued.

Wildomar police were called and a perimeter was established around the Mercer Lane home. Deputies set up a command center at Bundy Canyon Road and Harvest Way East in Wildomar, where multiple patrol cars were stationed. Sheriff's deputies from the Wildomar, Lake Elsinore and Menifee police departments all responded to the incident, along with a sheriff's helicopter and the sheriff's S.W.A.T. team.

The distance between the command center and Mercer Lane was less than a half mile.

"Throughout the whole ordeal, numerous rounds continued to be fired," McConnell continued.

Shortly after 10 p.m., deputies closed in on the residence and "for unknown reasons" the suspect walked out, rifle in hand, and that's when deputies fired on him, McConnell said.

The 54-year-old shooter, who lived at the house but whose identity had not been released at press time, was hit by police gunfire; his injuries were non life-threatening, McConnell said. He was transported to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar for treatment; he will later be transported to jail, McConnell said.

The suspect was not related to the father and son, the sergeant confirmed.

The names of the two deputies who shot the suspect have not been released. Per standard department policy, the officers will be placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting.

Nearby resident Brad Barnish, 45, woke up Tuesday night to the commotion.

“We heard shots – two sets of four shots,” he said, followed by “several bursts” later on.”

Barnish said a sheriff’s helicopter buzzed the area for hours, and multiple police cars zipped back and forth.

The rural area is unlit and dotted with mobile and manufactured homes connected by dirt roads.

Menifee resident Jaron Shedrick, 20, lives nearby and said he heard the police activity around 9 p.m. Tuesday. Shedrick went outside to investigate and at approximately 10:30 p.m. said he heard multiple gunshots fired and police yelling.  

Shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department S.W.A.T. team moved in on the home. After about 30 minutes the team reported the residence and outbuildings were clear and a search for any other shooters or victims was called off.

No police officers were injured during the more than six-hour incident. --Daniel Lane contributed to this report.

Roadrunner December 06, 2012 at 08:14 PM
In the state of California, there are no such things as warning shots. Especially when there is no valid threat against a person. The victim was out on the road on the other side of a locked gate. No threat here. If he didn't want him there, then he should've called the police for assistance. Besides, he was parked on a public road, no crime committed there. I am sure Mount is a good guy and has helped your grandparents and just because he had a lapse in judgement on the day of the incident, doesn't make any less of a good guy. He just made a few bad decisions, very bad and he should be thankful he still has his life. For that matter, you should appreciate that too and begin the process of helping him and his family.
Josh Parker December 06, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Never said it was legal to fire a warning shot. I dont have these issues because im not a gun owner but yes there was a valid threat the guy was doing for a few days proir to this incident and no road just outside his gate where this started was off the main road on mounts property.
Rat Fink December 07, 2012 at 05:15 AM
I think some of you have gone off track here. This was never about 2nd amendment rights or what a kind a benevolent human Mr. Mount is. This whole episode was, right from the start all about good judgment. This not the Wild West. A wise and logical person simply doesn’t discharge a firearm to make a point. Whether he fired at the car or into the air is also not the issue. I know that the idea of doing nothing, hiding in your home and calling the police sounds kinda cowardly. But look at the way this played out. Mr. Mount is in the hospital recovering from gunshot wounds. When he gets better, the DA is surly going to press charges against him. Has anyone given thought to what his medical and legal bills are going to run? And work? How much work is he missing? In the end , I don’t see Mr. Mount wearing this experience like some badge of honor
JMO December 07, 2012 at 05:20 AM
IDK but we are in a rescission a bullet is cheaper then court cost and 3 hots and a cot to keep them. Just saying
John Reher December 12, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Lyn id like to refer you to a quote from one of our founding fathers. Ben Franklin said "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Also more than likely he did not have an "assault rifle" as they are almost impossible to obtain. More than likely a simple semi auto rifle that fires one round with one trigger pull. The same kind that I hunt with. People need to educate themselves before freaking out. Guns are not responsible for crime no more than spoons are responsible for people being fat.

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