An investigation was under way today into the wounding of a 17-year-old Eastvale boy in a deputy-involved shooting at the end of a car chase in Jurupa Valley.
Deputies attempted at about 2:25 p.m., Wednesday Jan. 23 to pull over a white Honda Accord that had been reported stolen out of Eastvale on Jan. 10, said Sgt. Lisa McConnell, a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman.
The driver, who had three male passengers with him in the car, refused to stop and led deputies on a short chase that ended at the dead-end of Wagon Train Lane, she said.
“At that point, an officer-involved shooting occurred,” McConnell said.
A 17-year-old Eastvale boy in the front passenger seat was struck in the chest and taken to a hospital with a non-life-threatening wound, she said.
The driver, identified as 19-year-old Joseph Garcia of Eastvale, fled on foot but was located a short distance away and arrested, McConnell said.
He was being held at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside in lieu of $15,000 bail and was due in court in Riverside on Friday, according to sheriff’s online jail records.
Two boys, a 16-year-old from Eastvale and a 17-year-old from Anaheim who had been seated in the rear of the car, did not run and were taken into custody, she said.
Consistent with policy, the involved deputy was placed on administrative leave as homicide detectives investigated the shooting, McConnell said.
Anyone with information about the case was urged to contact the sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777.