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California Officer Shot at, Suspect Steals His Unmarked Police Car

California Officer Shot at, Suspect Steals His Unmarked Police Car

by Leah AnayaJanuary 11, 2021

Corona, CA – An officer driving an unmarked SUV appeared to have been targeted by a shooting suspect on a California Highway Saturday.

The officer, who hasn’t been identified, was driving a black Ford Explorer patrol vehicle on I-91 when he was hit from behind. The impact caused the officer to spin out of control.

The officer pulled over to the side of the road once he stopped spinning, at which point the driver of the other vehicle ran towards the officer with a gun drawn. The officer reportedly started shooting at the driver from the side of the SUV while the driver is behind it, but it’s said that the civilian wasn’t hit.

The driver gets into the driver’s seat of the police SUV and the officer goes to the back end of the vehicle. Another civilian vehicle pulls up to the police car, which has lights activated, briefly and then drives away.

An uninvolved person caught part of the incident on video, where you can see the officer backing away from his car with his gun drawn.

Soon after the incident, the police SUV was found near La Sierra and Minnier Avenues in Riverside. The suspect was located in an apartment in that area and was taken into custody. His name was not released.

The officer was no hurt during the incident.

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Leah Anaya
Leah Anaya
Leah Anaya is a medically retired police officer. She served for three years at the Oakland Police Department, and just under five at a department in Washington State. Before that, she was an intelligence analyst in the US Army. She is now a stay at home mom living with her husband, who is still serving as a police officer, and their three children. She also grew up as the daughter of a police officer in California. Leah is now a writer and Deputy Editor at Law Enforcement News Network as well as the Business Manager for Washington State FOP. She's a peer support advocate for The Wounded Blue and Serve and Protect. You can find her on social media @leahmsanaya or at
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