SWAT situation in Lake Elsinore began when suspect fired at CHP officers, southbound 15 now open

By Anne Millerbern, Los Angeles Daily News

January 12, 2017

AR-170119868.jpg&maxh=400&maxw=667An incident in a Lake Elsinore neighborhood that ended with an officer-involved shooting began when the suspect shot at California Highway Patrol officers during a pursuit on Interstate 15, officials say.

A CHP officer pulled over a man the officer believed to have been under the influence of alcohol in the southbound lanes of Interstate 15 about 8:50 p.m. The driver complied, pulling to the right shoulder just north of Indian Truck Trail, Officer Dan Olivas wrote in a news release.

Once the officer began to speak with the driver, the man became “extremely uncooperative,” making threats and “furtive movements” in his vehicle, Olivas wrote.

The CHP officer took cover behind a freeway barrier as the man got out of his vehicle and began shooting at the patrol vehicle, ultimately disabling it with gunfire.

A nearby CHP officer heard the call and responded to the area to find the suspect vehicle and a chase began, Olivas wrote. The man fired at officers as the pursuit went on and exited at Railroad Canyon Road.

The CHP stayed with him through city streets until he stopped in front of a home at Villa Milano and Villa Roma and went inside, where he is believed to have taken hostages.

What followed isn’t yet clear. Riverisde County sheriff’s deputies and investigators arrived and the SWAT team was called to the scene. The situation ended in an officer-involved shooting, but Deputy Mike Vasquez could not confirm Thursday morning if anyone had been killed or injured.

None of the CHP officers involved were injured and no other patrol vehicles were struck by gunfire, Olivas wrote.

All southbound lanes of I-15 were re-opened about 7 a.m.

The suspect’s name, age and whether he is alive after the officer-involved shooting hasn’t been clarified by sheriff’s deputies yet.

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