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Press Release: Stalking and Ex-Felon in Possession of Firearms
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Southwest
Written Date: July 4, 2019 Time: 12:00 p.m.
Incident Date: July 3, 2019 Time: 2:20 p.m.
Incident Location: 31000 block of Bitterroot Court, Temecula
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Collazo
File Number(s): TE191840126


Virgil Zwicker

On Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at about 2:20 PM, Investigators from the Temecula Sheriff’s Station located Virgil Zwicker who was  wanted for firearms, stalking and other related charges, at a residence located on the 31000 block of Bitterroot Court.  Zwicker refused to obey the investigators orders and a brief stand off ensued on the driveway of the residence.  Zwicker reached into the cab of his vehicle during the stand off and it was unknown if he retrieved a weapon.  Zwicker retreated through the residence and fled the area on foot.  Dispatch broadcasted a description of Zwicker to responding deputies and he was located running in the area of Wolf Creek Park.  Zwicker refused to comply with the deputies orders as they tried to detain him.  Zwicker was seen reaching into the front waistband area of his person by deputies, when a motor unit intentionally collided into Zwicker.  A use of force ensued and Zwicker was ultimately taken into custody. A deputy and Zwicker sustained injuries as a result of the collision. Both the deputy and Zwicker were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

A search warrant for the residence on Bitterroot Court was served.  Firearms and ammunition were seized.  After receiving medical attention Zwicker was booked at the Cois Byrd Detention Center for felony stalking, resisting arrest, ex-felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.  His bail was set at $500,000.  Zwicker was also a wanted felon out of San Diego County. The name of the deputy will not be released at this time as the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information related to this investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Roberge at the Temecula Sheriff's Station (951) 696-3000 or Riverside County Sheriff's Department Dispatch  (951) 776-1099.

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