Man Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting in Lake Elsinore

A man was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting in Lake Elsinore on Thursday, police said tonight.

According to the police report, officers from the Lake Elsinore Police Department investigated the report of an assault with a deadly weapon at 5:57 p.m. Jan. 16. The investigation identified a suspect and a vehicle, which was described as a gold-colored Ford Crown Victoria with a partial license plate included in the description.

At 7:50 p.m., an officer observed a vehicle matching the suspect's vehicle description parked at a business located in the 18400 block of Dexter Avenue in Lake Elsinore. The officer called for backup and once additional officers arrived, they made contact with the suspect.

According to police, several commands to exit the vehicle were given to the suspect. The suspect ignored the officers' commands and started the vehicle. The officers asked the suspect to turn off the engine and the suspect refused to comply.

The suspect then shifted his vehicle in reverse, backing up toward the officers. As an officer was attempting to move out of the path, the suspect's vehicle ran over his foot.

As a result of the driver's actions, an officer involved shooting occurred. Four officers discharged their weapons during the incident. The suspect, who died at the scene, has not been identified pending notification of next of kin.

There was a female passenger inside the vehicle; she was not injured during the incident. She was questioned and released.

Investigators from the Lake Elsinore Sheriff's Station and the Riverside County Sheriff's Department Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation. One officer was injured and treated for the injuries. No other officers were injured during the incident. The involved officers have been placed on paid administrative leave per department policy.


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