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Fatal End to Coachella Standoff

Ben Schenk

Fatal End to Coachella Standoff

CREATED Oct. 21, 2011

COACHELLA - According to Riverside County Sheriffs an intense standoff between a man and police ends tragically.

On Thurdsay Coachella Police Department responded to the 85500 block of Nile Lane regarding a report of a shooting at the location. When police arrived they found evidence of gunfire and that a suspect had thrown molotov cocktails at a home.

Police quickly learned the suspect lived in the neighborhood. Obtaining a search warrant they attempted to confront the suspect, but instead found him barricaded in a home.

After numerous requests for the suspect to surrender to law enforcement officials, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department Special Enforcement Bureau responded and surrounded the residence. Approximately eight nearby homes were evacuated for the residents' safety and the immediately surrounding neighborhood areas were blocked off with no access for the safety of the community.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department's Crisis Negotiation Team also responded to try to persuade the suspect to surrender. In the following hours, the suspect refused additional requests to exit the residence and fired upon law enforcement on at least two separate occasions.  Because of the suspect's actions, a member of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department Special Enforcement Bureau returned fire upon the suspect. No one was injured as a result of this gunfire exchange.  

After an exhaustive effort lasting over 12 hours, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department Special Enforcement Bureau was relieved on scene by the collaborative SWAT team that is comprised of officers from the Palm Springs Police Department and Cathedral City Police Department. 

Additionally, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department generously loaned a tactical armored vehicle to assist the SWAT officers with the operation. 

While the SWAT team had tactical control over the incident, the suspect again began firing at officers. This caused a Palm Springs Police Department SWAT Officer to return fire, fatally wounding the suspect.

Investigators from the Riverside County Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation.