Officer Shoots at Fleeing Suspect
CREATED Sep. 18, 2012
COACHELLA- Officials are investigating an officer involved shooting that landed one officer in the hospital and the suspect in jail.
Investigators say it started shortly after 9AM on Julia Drive and Avenida Adobe in Coachella, after the deputy tried to arrest the suspect--23-year-old Arturo Reyes from Coachella. According to investigators, the suspect attacked the officer, fled on foot, then jumped into the officer's unoccupied police car. Police say the suspect accelerated toward the officer and that's when the officer shot at the suspect.
"Out of nowhere we heard three to four gunshots and that's when my parents kind of seemed uneasy and they felt this ominous feeling that everything was going to go down," said Elias Garcia, who lives next to the scene.
The suspect drove off uninjured before escaping to a home. Police did arrest the suspect and the officer is recovering from minor injuries.
Jessica Flores, KMIR6 News.