A suspect died after being shot by police in Ontario at the end of a pursuit which started in Fontana on July 12, according to the Fontana Police Department.
Just before 3 p.m., Fontana officers attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle. A passenger fled from the vehicle on foot, and the driver sped away in the vehicle with a female passenger still in the back seat, police said in an updated news release on July 13. (Some details were changed from previous reports.)
The pursuit traveled westbound on the Interstate 10 Freeway, exiting and getting back on several times. At one point, the suspect exited and got on the eastbound I-10, where he exited at Milliken Avenue.
When the suspect reached the top of the off-ramp, he began to make a U-turn to get back on the freeway. Pursuit intervention techniques were then used, and the vehicle was boxed in by officers.
Despite the suspect's vehicle being surrounded by police vehicles, the suspect allegedly attempted to use the vehicle as a weapon, police said. An officer-involved shooting then occurred, and the suspect was struck by the gunfire, ending the incident.
Lifesaving procedures were administered immediately by officers on the scene, including fully trained and equipped paramedic reserve Fontana P.D. officers. However, after the suspect was transported to a hospital, he was declared deceased.
The female passenger in the vehicle was pulled to safety and was unharmed.
No officers were injured in the incident.
The suspect has been tentatively identified by investigators. The San Bernardino County Sheriff Coroner's Division will officially release the suspect's name following next of kin notification.
The vehicle the suspect was driving was found to be a stolen car with license plates from another vehicle on it, police said. A preliminary observation through the open doors of the suspect's vehicle revealed a firearm on the front seat, police said.
An independent investigation is being conducted by the Ontario Police Department in conjunction with the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office, as well as an internal investigation by the Fontana P.D. Per department policy, the officer involved in the shooting incident has been placed on administrative leave.