A Perris man is in custody after officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop for suspected drunken driving at about 1:36 a.m on Jan. 26 at Walnut St. and Perris Blvd., it was reported today.
According to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department report, Arnulfo Ochoa, 30, turned into a business complex on Barrett Ave. and stopped.
But as the officer approached the vehicle, Ochoa allegedly slipped the vehicle into reverse and accelerated toward him.
“At this time an officer involved shooting occurred. The officer was able to move out of the path of the vehicle as it struck the officer’s patrol car,” Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Lisa McConnell said in the report.
“Ochoa fled the area, however, lost control of his vehicle as he attempted to flee south on Perris Blvd. The vehicle came to rest against the curb on Perris Blvd,” McConnell said.
Ochoa got out of the car, but resisted officers, officials said.
The suspect was taken to a local hospital for a complaint of pain, treated and released.
He was not struck by any of the rounds fired by the officer.
None of the officers were injured during this incident.
Investigators from the Perris Police Department and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation.
The involved officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, per department policy, McConnell said.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Investigator Lester Harvey at the Riverside Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit, 951-955-2777 or Investigator William Davis at the Perris Police Department, 951-210-1000.