UPDATED: No suspect in custody after deputy’s window shattered in Wildomar
Numerous deputies have surrounded the area of Palomar Street and Shay Lane, after a deputy’s window was shattered for undisclosed reasons. Maria Lupe Wright / Wildomar Facebook photo
UPDATE: 07/09/2016 9:45 p.m. With additional information from sheriff’s department
At about 9 p.m., Riverside Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Armando Munoz provided an update regarding today’s investigation into a Wildomar patrol vehicle that had it’s driver’s side window shattered while driving on Palomar Street near Shay Lane.
Munoz confirmed that although the deputy involved was not injured, paramedics transported the deputy to Inland Valley Medical Center to receive a medical follow-up as a “precautionary measure.”
Although few details have been released or confirmed, Munoz stated the investigation – that lasted about five hours – was officially terminated around 8 p.m. All investigating deputies and sheriff’s personnel had cleared the scene by about 8:30 p.m.
“Nobody was taken into custody as a result of this investigation,” Munoz stated.
Even though little information has been released through official channels, numerous social media pages buzzed all day long about what was believed to possibly be gunfire that caused the deputy’s window to be shattered.
All roads throughout the area have been re-opened to through traffic.
“This is still an active and ongoing investigation,” Munoz explained in a telephone interview.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Perris Sheriff’s Station at (951) 210-1000, or by email at PerrisStation@RiversideSheriff.org. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.
WILDOMAR – Numerous deputies are on scene conducting an investigation in the area of Palomar Street and Shay Lane after the window of a deputy’s patrol vehicle was shattered for an undisclosed reason, according to Riverside Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Deputy Armando Munoz.
The incident began at about 3:20 p.m. when a deputy – who is assigned to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Wildomar Police Station – put out a radio call for assistance after his window was shattered while driving along Palomar Street past Shay Lane, near the Roundup Liquor Store in Wildomar.
“The deputy was not injured,” Munoz explained. However, “He was transported to a local area hospital as a precautionary measure.”
In the three hours since the reported initial incident, deputies from all surrounding sheriff’s stations flooded into the area to assist in the investigation to determine how the deputy’s window was shattered.
Munoz would not speculate whether the deputy’s window was shot out or if it had shattered by some other means, saying, “That is part of the department’s ongoing investigation.”
However, as of 6:30 p.m., countless deputies from numerous surrounding stations were still on scene investigating the incident. During the ongoing investigation first one, then a second of Riverside County’s Aviation helicopters circled overhead a residence on Shay Street for three full hours.
“Sheriff’s deputies have been sent to the area to search for any possible suspect and to try to determine what caused the deputy’s window to shatter,” Munoz said in a telephone interview.
All streets in the surrounding area have been closed to through traffic while deputies conduct their investigation.
As of 6:30 p.m. more than three hours after the investigation began, this was still an active and ongoing investigation.
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