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Press Release: Illegal Discharge of a Firearm
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Perris
Written Date: July 10, 2019 Time: 7:00 AM
Incident Date: July 6, 2019 Time: 3:04 PM
Incident Location: 26000 Block of Byers Road, Menifee
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Aaron Avila
File Number(s): Sergeant Aaron Avila


Lucas Rutledge

On July 6, 2019, Deputies assigned to the city of Menifee received a call for service regarding the illegal discharge of a firearm located in the 26000 Block of Byers Road, in the city of Menifee. At 3:52 PM, deputies arrived at the location and learned the male suspect was acting irrational and discharged a firearm inside the residence. The male suspect was identified as 37-year-old Lucas Rutledge. Rutledge eventually fled the location prior to being contacted by responding deputies.

On July 9, 2019, at 4:39 PM, deputies learned Rutledge returned to the residence. Deputies from the Perris Station Special Enforcement Team, Riverside County Gang Task Force Region 6, Riverside County Sheriff’s K-9 Team, Riverside County Sheriff’s Hazardous Device Team, Sheriff’s Department helicopter, and members of Riverside County Sheriff’s SWAT responded to the residence. Deputies contacted and detained several subjects at the residence. While speaking to the subjects it was confirmed Rutledge was still inside the residence. The incident came to a peaceful resolution when Rutledge exited the residence and surrendered.

While searching the property, an AT-4 anti-tank weapon launcher was located inside one of the structures on the property. The Hazardous Device Team responded, rendered the weapon safe and took possession of the weapon. Three firearms were also located including an AR-15 rifle. As a result of the investigation, Rutledge was arrested for the illegal discharge of a firearm and booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy R. Thornock or Deputy R. Owen from the Perris Station by calling 951-210-1000. 

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


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