Update @ 4:25 p.m.:
An 18-year-old man was taken into custody today for allegedly backing a car into three officers, triggering a shooting that wounded a bystander in Palm Springs.
The suspect — whose name was withheld — surrendered to authorities at 11:19 a.m. in the 32700 block of Pueblo Trail in Cathedral City. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries he may have received during the shooting, Palm Springs police Sgt. Mike Kovaleff said.
Original story: Palm Spring police were looking for an attempted burglary suspect who backed a car into three officers, triggering a shooting that left a bystander wounded and the officers injured, a sergeant said today.
An officer patrolling the 600 block of South Camino Real about 10:50 p.m. Wednesday Jan.9 saw an unoccupied vehicle he believed may have been used an attempted residential burglary the day before, Palm Springs police Sgt. Mike Kovaleff said.
Police watched the car until two males came to it about 11:30 p.m., and the driver “ignored the officers’ repeated commands to exit the vehicle,” Kovaleff said.
Two officers and a sergeant tried to pull the driver out of the car, while other officers detained the passenger, he said. The sergeant used a Taser on the driver, and driver put the vehicle in reverse, running over the two officers and the sergeant, Kovaleff said.
“An officer-involved shooting occurred simultaneously to the suspect speeding off in the vehicle with the lights off,” Kovaleff said.
A 49-year-old man walking nearby was struck in a leg by a bullet fragment, treated at a hospital and released, Kovaleff said.
The three injured officers were treated at a hospital for what Kovaleff called moderate injuries and released.
One officer was injured in the hand, arm, chest and legs, the other was hurt on a leg and foot.
The sergeant had injuries on his hands, arms, knees and face.
All three were put on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation, Kovaleff said.
The suspect is an 18-year-old Hispanic man, Kovaleff said.
Riverside County sheriff’s detectives are overseeing the investigation.