RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Assault on a Peace Officer / Deputy Involved Shooting
|March 31, 2020
|March 31, 2020
|33700 block of Orange Street, Wildomar
|Public Information Officer Juan Silva
On Tuesday March 31, 2020 at 10:28 AM, a suspect, later identified as Joe Sanchez, a 35 year old from the city of Lake Elsinore, attempted to assault a Lake Elsinore Station Deputy with a vehicle leading to a Deputy Involved Shooting. The suspect fled the area in a white, single cab dually pickup truck, possibly a late 1990s or early 2000s Ford. The deputy did not sustain any injuries and it is unknown if the suspect was struck by gunfire.
Per department policy, the deputy involved has been placed on administrative leave.
The Central Homicide Unit is investigating the incident and seeking assistance in locating the suspect. Sanchez has made statements that he will be shot by a cop before going back to prison. If Sanchez is located, do not approach, and immediately contact Investigator Dickey with the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-0896, or Riverside Sheriff’s Dispatch at 951-776-1099 option 5.
Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is seeking applicants for Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Correctional Deputy, Sheriff’s 911 Communications Officer, and other employment opportunities such as clerical and support positions. If you are interested in a career with us, please apply at www.joinrsd.org or call 1-888-Join-RSD