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Suspect dead, deputy hospitalized after a shooting in Coachella

A suspect is dead and a Riverside County Sheriff's deputy has been hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds after a shooting Friday night in Coachella.

The Sheriff's Dept. confirmed the incident happened at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Cairo Street, near Cesar Chavez Street in Coachella.

Scene where the deputy-involved shooting took place
(85000 block of Cairo Stree)

A suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Sgt. Brandi Swann, public information officer for the Sheriff's Dept.

Swann wrote that the incident started at approximately 6:35 p.m. That's when deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Cesar Chavez Street and Avenue 52.

The vehicle stopped at a business center, then a male passenger fled from deputies and a deputy gave chase. Swann said the foot pursuit went through a nearby residential neighborhood.

When the deputy was able to catch up, a physical altercation occurred that led to shots fired on the 85000 block of Cairo Street.

The deputy was transported to a local hospital and is receiving medical treatment for multiple gunshot wounds.

According to the Sheriff's Dept, one of the suspect’s rounds struck the deputy in the chest. The ballistic vest absorbed the impact of that projectile and prevented the deputy from sustaining any major injury.

The deputy is expected to be released from the hospital and his injuries are considered non-life-threatening.

The involved deputy will be placed on paid leave according to Department policy and the name of the involved deputy will not be released at this time.

There was also a third scene at a gas station on Ave 52 and Cesar Chavez with a vehicle surrounded by tape

The driver of the involved vehicle was detained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. There are no outstanding suspects. The gun used by the suspect was recovered at the scene.

There was no word on what the original traffic enforcement stop was for. The deceased suspect has not been identified at this time.

An investigator from the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office will lead the investigation, aided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Force Investigations Detail. The investigation remains active and ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Riverside County District Attorney Investigator Mario Moreno at 951-955-9470 or Riverside County Sheriff’s Investigator Dan Moody at 760-393-3525.

Stay with News Channel 3 for continuing updates.

Jesus Reyes


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