Riverside, CA – On Friday morning near Western Coachella Valley, there was a deputy involved shooting that shutdown all westbound lanes of Interstate 10 as law enforcement investigated the situation.
Around 8:45 am a call was placed to 911 stating that a man was throwing rocks at vehicles on White Water Canyon Rd. A Riverside County deputy arrived at the scene to find the man smashing parked car windows using a tire iron. The deputy ordered the suspect to drop the tire iron, but the suspect refused.
We are investigating a deputy involved shooting at Whitewater Canyon Road/Whitewater Cutoff. All WB lanes closed east of Whitewater Canyon.
Please avoid the area. PIO en route. pic.twitter.com/6q7dbPKQ4r
— Riverside County Sheriff's Dept (@RSO) April 9, 2021
At that point the suspect started walking towards Interstate 10. The deputy got into his vehicle and stopped traffic on the Interstate. The deputy continued to ask the suspect to drop the tire iron and the suspect refused and then proceeded to come after the deputy with the object.
The deputy opened fire hitting the suspect. EMS responded to the scene, but the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. No deputy was injured during the incident.
For much of the day westbound Interstate 10 was shutdown and only one lane going Eastbound was open.
There were no other injuries reported.