UPDATE @ 7:30 p.m.: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officials confirmed in a released statement that an officer involved shooting took place at 12:35 p.m. today in the 40200 Block of Mimulus Way, Temecula.
Officers were attempting an arrest of a parolee at large wanted for assault with a deadly weapon, officials said.
“The officers attempted to stop the suspect who was an occupant of a taxi cab for hire. While the officers were making contact with the suspect, the taxi driver exited the vehicle, at which time the suspect took control of the cab. The suspect then collided with an unmarked law enforcement vehicle and then exited the taxi cab,” according to Deputy Albert Martinez.
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The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to injuries.
The involved officer was transported to a local hospital and treated for a non-life-threatening injury, Martinez said.
Investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Central Homicide Unit responded to the scene.
The officer’s name is being withheld at this time.
UPDATE @ 5:15 p.m.: Numerous television media outlets have converged at the scene as Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officials continue to comb the area for evidence.
Mimulus Way is closed to traffic, however, residents are being permitted to walk to their homes.
According to SWRNN on-scene reporter Joe Fanaselle, a jumble of cars are stopped haphazardly in the street behind a red and yellow taxi minivan. The minivan, with it driver’s side passenger door slid open, is wrapped in crime tape.
From an elevated standpoint, Fanaselle noted that the taxi had struck a dark colored SUV head-on.
Deputy Martinez said that an official statement from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will be released shortly.
UPDATE @ 3:3o p.m.: According to Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy Albert Martinez, an officer-involved shooting occurred shortly before 1 p.m. today in the 40200 block of Mimulus Way in Temecula.
Martinez said the incident took place when officials with the Department of Correction Fugitive Apprehension Team and Pacific Southwest Region Fugitive Task Force attempted to serve an arrest warrant on a parolee at that location.
The parolee, who was not identified, was wanted for assault with a deadly weapon.
The exact details of the shooting are not at this time, however, Martinez said that the suspect has been transported to a local hospital.
The extent of the man’s injuries is not known.
Temecula Valley Unified School District spokeswoman Melanie Norton said that school officials were not aware of the shooting and had not issued orders for a lockdown at nearby schools.
ORIGINAL: Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies are on the scene in a Temecula neighborhood after reports of shots being fired, officials confirmed.
The shots reportedly rang out from a home on Mimulus Way close to Roripaugh Road.
This is a developing story.
Check back with SWRNN for updates as they become available.
*Joe Fanaselle contributed to this report.