1758 5 days ago
1758 5 days ago
A man driving a stolen car pursued by police spun out, stayed put in the sedan for nearly an hour and then accelerated toward three Riverside officers – including one trying to negotiate his surrender – before at least one shot him on Thursday, Oct. 8, police said.
The suspect was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, said Officer Ryan Railsback, a Police Department spokesman.
No officer or bystander was injured, he said.
The investigation prompted the closure of Van Buren Boulevard between Magnolia Avenue and the 91 Freeway well into the afternoon.
Jesse Clayton Gibson, a 30-year-old transient of Riverside, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder on a police officer, auto theft, evading police, resisting and obstructing police and violation of Post Release Community Supervision, the Police Department said.
Gibson has convictions in Riverside County for, among other crimes, intimidating a business, possession of a controlled substance, illegal use of tear gas, illegal possession of a concealed weapon, resisting arrest, battery on a custodial officer, grand theft, battery, assault with a deadly weapon, arson and false imprisonment, Superior Court records show.
The incident began at about 9:50 a.m. when a person reported that his Honda Accord had been stolen near Magnolia and Arlington avenues; the victim apparently jumped into another vehicle and was following his car, Railsback said.
Officers found the sedan near Central Avenue and followed it for about 10 minutes at moderate speeds. The car ran several red lights and twice eluded spike strips, Railsback said.
Finally, a police vehicle purposely hit the back of the Accord to cause it to spin out in a traffic lane on southbound Van Buren, west of Primrose Drive.
The suspect stayed there for about 50 minutes, Railsback said. A member of the department’s crisis team attempted to persuade the driver to surrender, with the negotiator standing with two other officers near a tree on the road’s edge.
Suddenly, the driver started up the car and drove toward the officers, Railsback said, and that’s when the shooting happened. Railsback said he did not know how many officers fired.
The sedan came to halt when it plowed into the tree, which was left standing.