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Press Release: Deputy Involved Shooting
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Palm Desert
Written Date: July 10, 2019 Time: 12:30 AM
Incident Date: July 9, 2019 Time: 7:23 PM
Incident Location: Bob Hope Drive and Ramon Road, Rancho Mirage
Reporting Officer: Deputy Robyn Flores, Public Information Officer
File Number(s): S191900057

Update 07-17-19:

The suspect in the Deputy Involved Shooting on July 9th, has been identified as 36-year-old, Jason Harris of Rancho Mirage.

Details:

On Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at 7:23 PM, deputies from the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station responded to the report of a male subject waving a knife in the air and exhibiting bizarre behavior in the area of Bob Hope Drive and Ramon Road.

The reporting party told Sheriff’s Dispatch the adult male was armed with a knife and was waving it in the air. Deputies arrived on scene and located an adult male armed with a knife. Several commands were given to the suspect, however, he failed to comply resulting in deputies using less-lethal force. The subject was tased; however, the taser was ineffective. The suspect continued to refuse to comply with deputies’ commands, then advanced towards deputies still armed with the knife, resulting in a deputy involved shooting. Investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff's Central Homicide Unit (CHU) responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

The suspect was injured during the shooting, and deputies rendered life saving measures prior to the suspect being transported to a local hospital. The suspect was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. The identification of the decedent will be withheld pending notification of the next of kin.

There were no additional injuries to members of the public, or deputies. There are no outstanding suspects and no threat to public safety. 

The deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave per Department policies. The involved deputies’ names will not be released at this time.

The investigation is ongoing and there is no further information at this time. The Riverside County Sheriff's Department encourages anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Central Homicide Investigator Navarrete at (951) 955-2777.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's Homicide Tipline online form.

 

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