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UPDATE: Police Shooting Reported In Lake Elsinore

The scene turned dramatic Tuesday morning and involved a shooting, a police chase and a car crash.

UPDATE 11:37 a.m.: A routine police call in Lake Elsinore Tuesday morning erupted into gunfire after a suspect fought with a deputy and tried to flee the scene.

The incident began shortly after 5:30 a.m. when a deputy responded to the McDonald’s/Bank of America parking lot on Collier Avenue near the Target store. Reports of “suspicious persons” in the area prompted the service call, according to Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy Albert Martinez.

Once on scene, a deputy confronted a male adult seated in a suspect vehicle. The deputy attempted to detain the man, but the suspect resisted while being placed into the patrol car, Martinez said.

The suspect “physically attacked” the deputy, knocking him to the ground, Martinez continued. He grabbed the officer’s baton, and fearing for his safety the deputy fired at the suspect, Martinez added.

Meanwhile, a Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy who was in route to work heard shots and responded to the scene.

Upon the deputy’s arrival, the suspect tried to flee the scene. The deputy allegedly witnessed the suspect attempting to ram another responding officer's patrol car with the suspect vehicle. As a result, the deputy fired, Martinez said.

The perpetrator tried to drive from the scene but only made it to the area of Central Avenue and Spring Street, where he crashed into an unsuspecting motorist who was exiting the freeway, Martinez said.

A brief foot chase ensued, but the suspect -- whose identity has not yet been released -- was finally apprehended.

Martinez said the suspect was shot during the incident but is expected to survive. He was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The initial responding deputy who was knocked to the ground was hurt during the confrontation, Martinez said, but his injuries are non life-threatening.

The motorist who was struck by the suspect sustained minor injuries that required hospitalization, Martinez said.

The two deputies involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave pending further investigation, a process that is standard department policy.

ORIGINAL POST UPDATED AT 10:24 a.m.: Residents are reporting police activity throughout Lake Elsinore Tuesday morning, and a deputy has confirmed police did shoot a suspect today.

Details are sketchy, but Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy Albert Martinez has confirmed that the shooting took place this morning in Lake Elsinore. He is set to release more details this morning, he said, but did not immediately provide any details on the suspect's condition.

There has been heavy police activity near the Target shopping center at McDonald's on Collier Avenue. According to unconfirmed reports, police confronted a suspect near the location around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Unconfirmed reports indicate a chase ensued to Spring Street, but there is no police activity on Spring Street at press time. A detective on scene at the Collier location confirmed that the incident "terminated" on Spring Street.

Police activity is centered at the McDonald's location, near Bank of America and Starbucks. Police tape is blocking the McDonald's entrance, according to a Patch reporter on scene.

Details to follow ….

AUSTIN, TERESA July 17, 2012 at 05:15 PM
i was in starbucks and uploaded my photos.
Cat July 17, 2012 at 05:53 PM
...and a good job of that Teresa! Quick thinking. I especially like the picture of the police officer walking across the parking lot with his Starbucks cup-o-joe! (What no donuts?) :~)
Whatever4 July 17, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Good Job Teresa =)
AUSTIN, TERESA July 17, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Crazy madness, the place is will blocked off with yellow tape, even more than this morning. The whole place is a crime scene. They updated the article, so that's what happened. I took the pictures from inside starbucks. The employees quickly locked the doors and had to get down. Thank goodness they are all ok.
Diana July 17, 2012 at 07:32 PM
The following was on the Sherriffs report site: The officer removed the subject from the vehicle and escorted him to his patrol car. As the officer was placing the subject into the back seat of the patrol car, the subject physically attacked the officer. The subject was able to force the officer to the ground and was able to gain control of the officer's baton. In fear of his safety the officer withdrew his service pistol and fired at the suspect. The suspect ran from the area and was chased by the officer. The suspect ran around a near-by business, returning to his vehicle. A Riverside County Sheriff's deputy, who was on his way to work and at a near-by business, heard the gunshot and responded to the area. The deputy observed the suspect's vehicle fleeing the parking lot as additional responding officers arrived. The deputy watched the suspect's vehicle drive towards an arriving patrol car. Believing the suspect vehicle was going to ram the patrol car, the deputy fired at the suspect. The suspect vehicle fled the location on Central Avenue where it collided with a vehicle exiting the freeway. The suspect continued as officers pursued him. The suspect vehicle came to a stop at Highway 74 and Spring Street where the suspect fled on foot. After a brief chase the suspect was taken into custody.
Diana July 17, 2012 at 07:33 PM
CONT: The civilian driver of the hit and run collision was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. The suspect sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The initial arriving officer was injured during the assault by the suspect. The officer was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect's identity is not being released at this time. Investigators from the Lake Elsinore Police Department and the Riverside County Sheriff's Central Homicide Unit were called out and assumed the investigation. The deputy and officer involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave per department policy. The investigation is ongoing.
Lillian Honorah Lavelle July 17, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Awesome pics! Thank you Teresa. What is wrong with people. I know sometimes the police here can be a little over the top, but when you constantly have to deal with idiots like this. Why do people have no respect for the law?!
Brad July 17, 2012 at 08:05 PM
What a cluster.
mad-world July 18, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Underpaid, understaffed, and overworked....i commend these officers for putting up with the crap that is thrown at them on a daily basis. Im happy to see that the officers were not injured. Keep up the good work!
Mr.A July 18, 2012 at 08:34 AM
Wow, He'll be gone for a while...
Ann July 18, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Thank you local officers for putting another rat back in the sewer where it belongs!
D A July 18, 2012 at 03:09 PM
It appears the "new" tactical training for holding Batton close to officers body may not be a safe manuver. Maybe the Sheriffs department needs to look at the issue so they don't have to result in firing of weapons because the suspect take their batons away!
Art July 18, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Good Job RSO! Send that drain to society back into his cage. At least we know where that bad guy is.
Crystal Carter July 19, 2012 at 05:23 AM
Wow this started around 5:30am...the mass amounts of tape was still up and entries were blocked with many officers on site around1:30pm... thats crazy

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