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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.

LBV Collins December 05, 2012 at 05:41 PM
LOL! I hadn't noticed until you mentioned it, David. BTW: I like The Shootist... great store, great employees.
Paul December 05, 2012 at 07:30 PM
@ Ron. You may feel diffrently if your game were armed and shooting at you! Please try to refrain from criticizing people until you have walked in their place.
Tina Tyra December 05, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Well, if you are shooting to kill, the police are trained marksmen and could do that. In this case, thankfully, the man was just injured, although taken down. If he's walking out with a rifle, no need for others or police to be killed or injured. They did what they had to do. As far as hunting, the animals have no weapons. This guy did. On a side note, I heard that two people were arrested. I guess we'll hear the rest of the story as the investigation is wrapped up.
Heather Newman December 05, 2012 at 08:37 PM
gun down - definition to shoot someone and kill them or injure them badly, especially someone who is not guilty of anything, or who is not carrying a gun He was gunned down in his own doorway.
Heather Newman December 05, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Guess I'm just not comfortable with the headline on this one. Wasn't the guy shot shooting at other people unprovoked to begin with?
ron December 05, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Well we were trained shoot to kill. @Paul if you only had a clue as to what people do or have done for a living you wouldn't make ignorant comments. @Tina anyone can shoot a stand still target. Very few are actually trained marksmen. A trained marksman would of put one round into the upper arm the weapon was being held in. Adrenaline plays a huge part in keeping mins clear and proper reaction on pulling a trigger.
Paul December 05, 2012 at 11:24 PM
@ Ron.....funny you should say I need to "have a clue as to what people do or have done for a living you wouldn't make ignorant comments." I believe it is you who is making the ignorant comment. I have been carrying a gun and badge for 20 years and I can say for certain that with all things that an officer has to think about and decide in a matter of nano seconds and STOPPING THE THREAT, he/she is not concerned with counting rounds. Please check yourself before you try to preach to the choir.
Paul December 05, 2012 at 11:29 PM
@ Ron..... it is also apparent that you did not work in a law enforcement capacity. If you were trained it was in the military. There is NO AGENCY in the United States that trains it's officer's to "Shoot to kill." That is what they teach kids at boot camp....kill kill kill. I know this first hand too! My assertions made in my first comment still stand with complete validity to your ignorant comment about "1 shot should be good enough."
Josh Parker December 06, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I have known this guy since i was a little kid. He is one of the coolest and kindest person you could meet. I think everyone needs to stop until the whole story comes out and his reasoning for this. He could of been threatend prior to this and never knew there was a kid in the car.
sherri mcmaster December 06, 2012 at 12:44 AM
this guy was an idiot or mentaly unstable he started the ordeal by shooting at unarmed civilians!!!!! have u ever had a gun or weapon pointed in ur direction with a unstable person on the otherside of? hes lucky they didnt kill him!
Beach mom December 06, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Does it say in the article multiple shots were fired "from" the house? Not guilty!?
Beach mom December 06, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Well I will hold my judgement on a cool guy who shoots at people driving up to their home. How kind of him.
J December 06, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Way to go Josh....thank you for your kind words! This is the kindest Genorous,caring Grandpa...Ever.....we love him with all our soul and heart....the truth will come out ....the story we are hearing is not true.....he was protecting himself .....something is not right!
Tell it like it is December 06, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Protecting himself from what? The imaginary person on his property with a gun. Come on! He was probably drunk out if his mind. Had he been an orderly member of society, the cops would not have been called there and have to take care of business. Dumb A$$!
C December 06, 2012 at 06:29 AM
Truth to the story is mount was dating a woman who was married to a man that beats her and mount did not want anything to do but take care of her and make her feel loved. This man that showed up "with" a supposedly "kid" in the vehicle was not there to drop off his kid he was there for confrontation two days prior to this he showed up to mounts fathers house in Palm Springs looking for Mount and his wife and had no kid with him which is weird cause he has never been to mounts house nor his fathers nor has even been given the address to either residence mount popped off rounds to tell the fucker to get lost and obviously show him not to come near his house so instead the man went and called the cops and said his son was with him and they were fired apon. Mount would never harm a kid nor would he put a kids life in danger nor would he shoot at someone if he wasn't being fired apon. The cops rushed up his drive way which means they broke through a locked gate to go in and confront him he had every right to walk outside with his gun on his own property luckily who ever it was that shot him was a good cop and new what he was doing cause mount is one of the most humble people to walk this planet
C December 06, 2012 at 06:32 AM
One of the most humble human beings to walk this planet***
Roadrunner December 06, 2012 at 10:00 AM
C, you have some interesting comments. You said Mount "popped off rounds to tell the fuc-er to get lost and show him not to come near his house." You later go on to say that the police broke through a locked gate to go in and confront him. Now, if one would stay behind a locked gate and inside his residence where the doors were locked, there isn't a threat to him or anyone else inside the residence. Now then, if Mount only would've came outside as he was intructed to by the numerous announcments made by the officers on the ground to come outside with his hands in plain view. Oh yeah, I forget to mention maybe he didn't hear them outside on the public address system which is very loud or maybe he didn't hear the helicopter hovering above his house with a very bright light aimed on his house with them making the same announcements. The police didn't rush anything as they were out there for hours. Mount chose to come outside carrying a firearm and after allegedly shooting at someone, whcih shows his perpencity for violence. No, i don't think this would end very well for him or anyone else. It is never a good idea to come outside carryiing a firearm while police have your house surrounded regardless if you have the right to bare arms or not. Do you know for a fact there wasn't a child present inside the vehicle the Mount allegedly shot at? You can't make assumptions and preach about a good man wouldn't shoot at a childe, teenager or human being for that matter.
Roadrunner December 06, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Interesting that cops can't control their fingers? One shot should be good enough? Hmmm, obviously you haven't ever read the F.B.I. statistics involving shootings. You must base you opion from your education you have recieved watching television. There have been several documented incidents involving officer involved shootings where the suspect was fatally shot, but continued to fight either physically or with a gun. You can take one to the pump station and still have a standing chance to fight for about 90 seconds. Only one shot to the small section of the face covering the eyes and slightly above it. Subjects have been shot several times and still survived to run off and be found later at the hospital. So sorry Ron, you are incorrect.
Roadrunner December 06, 2012 at 10:12 AM
No, they were not trained to shoot to kill. They are trained to eliminate the threat. A trained marksman probably couldn't even have made that shot. 1. Shooting a moving target at a distance of ten yards or more is hard, especially when that target is a human being with a firearm. 2. Lets consider the lighting condition or the lack there of due to the fact of Cottonwood Canyon does not have street lights, so therefore it was pretty much pitch black. So try and find your sights, then sight picture, control breathing and trigger and control. Probably would never happen, hence why they are trainined to shoot at center mass...
mememe December 06, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Only in commiefornia do you see the antis so rabid.
Paul December 06, 2012 at 03:37 PM
@Roadrunner....well said comments. Thank you for your service.
Josh Parker December 06, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Those of us saying kind words about him on here aren't guessing as far as what kind of person he is. WE KNOW! And if he were actually shooting AT that guy he would of hit him or at least the car! Those were only warning shots much like anyone else would of done to get someone off their property if they felt threatened. I'll back him up and support him forever. He has helped my grandparents out for years with whatever they needed and because of that also became a hell of a friend and family member.
Antonio December 06, 2012 at 04:30 PM
How safe do you all feel with this guy having a military assault rifle? According to the National Rifle Association (NRA) they are solidly behind this fellow in owning that weapon. Of course the NRA's real constituents are the gun manufacturers, distributors and retailers which benefit financially from loose gun regulations. Oh, and the comment that "...only warning shots much like anyone else would have done" shows just how "out there" some people are.
Antonio December 06, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Better git to Mississippi where y'all feel much better.
Roadrunner December 06, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Of course they are Lyn. I don't have an issue with him owning the firearm nor any other individual. It is the Constitutional Right to Bare Arms. Gun control? Well what do you impose? The weapon could've came from out of state and it is up to the owner to register the firearm. This thing could've come from anywhere. My point is, firearms are not bad in nature, it is the human hands that grab hold of the weapon and then perpetrate on other human beings with it. Look at other states that have loose gun laws allowing citizens to conceal and carry. Crime statistics in reference to aggravated robbery, assaults, and carjacking are far less than our gun restricted state. Sorry Lyn, but I disagree with you. Most guns that criminals have are either stolen or obtained illegally.
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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