Nine-Hour Freeway Closure Triggered By Lake Elsinore Residents

Lake Elsinore residents Jose Edwin Gomez and Gustavo Alexander Martinez, both 20, were arrested and booked into the county jail.

Two suspects have been arrested following a pursuit, a crash and an officer-involved shooting that stopped traffic all Friday morning on southbound Interstate 15 in Lake Elsinore.

Lake Elsinore residents Jose Edwin Gomez and Gustavo Alexander Martinez, both 20, were arrested and booked into the county jail yesterday.

Gomez was identified as the driver of the vehicle that was chased first by Ontario police and then California Highway Patrol officers into Lake Elsinore about 2 a.m. Friday.

He was booked on suspicion of evading a peace officer, causing injury, receiving known stolen property and obstructing or resisting arrest.

He remained behind bars in lieu of $25,000 bail, pending arraignment Tuesday at the Southwest Justice Center.

There was no booking or arraignment information available today on Martinez.

The chase but no one was wounded, though one CHP officer was hurt in the crash, authorities said.

The investigation of the shooting is still underway – it was not clear who shot at whom – and anyone with information is asked to call sheriff’s Investigators at 951-955-2777 or Lake Elsinore police Detective Brett Seckinger at 951-210-1000.

Robert Svidergol October 03, 2011 at 03:33 AM
this is another ridiculous incident involving to much power............the BADGE......come on please....." was not clear who shot at whom " well somebody needs to get their story straight...........i wasn't there but i know it was the police who was doing the shooting.........the badge is not above the law
Jeanne Cordova Chavez October 03, 2011 at 03:42 AM
@ Robert.....Obviously anyone making a ridiculous statement like you have made is a person that breaks the law or you would not be putting the blame on the officer trying to do his job. You put yourself into their shoes and do their job and see how you feel about it then.
Roberto October 03, 2011 at 04:15 AM
It was no clear who shot at whom? REPLY: Let's hope the police get their story straight real soon or another lawsuit.
UNCLE FESTER October 04, 2011 at 05:19 AM
holy crap robbie.... really ? he was running.... hauling ass.....like an idiot.. they didnt likey just shoot unless there was a reason.... 9 hours with a closed freeway and no one was hit.... tells me theres alot more going on than they've told us about.... when you run from the law, you leave yourself WIDE OPEN FOR THE WORST ! ... not to mention the other you put as risk while you're running... how would you like to wake up knowing you hit some kid because you didnt want to stop for a ticket.... ? they were not running for nothing... someting was going on with these guys and they didnt want to stop.... too bad... made themselves targets...
UNCLE FESTER October 04, 2011 at 05:24 AM
OOOOH !!!!! THE CAR WAS STOLEN !!!! yea... that car was worth getting shot at.. i wonder if they think it was worth the jail time too.... idiots..


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