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Posted on: August 10, 2022

Deputies Apprehend Suspect After Negligent Discharge of a Firearm

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Riverside County Sheriff's Department Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Mariano Matos III

File # Y222220053

Details:

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Fernando Ruiz

On August 10, 2022, at 6:05 P.M., patrol deputies assigned to the city of Coachella and members of the Coachella Community Action Team (CCAT), responded to a report of an armed subject in the area of Suncrest Street and Avenue 51, Coachella. CCAT members contacted Fernando Ruiz, a 38-year-old resident of Coachella, who matched the description of the armed subject. Ruiz was detained and found to be in possession of a loaded firearm and narcotics. Investigation revealed, prior to deputies’ arrival, Ruiz fired one round from the firearm. No injuries occurred and no structures were struck. Ruiz was arrested for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, convicted felon in possession of ammunition, possession of a non-serialized handgun, possession of narcotics while armed, negligent discharge of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of Fentanyl. Ruiz was booked at the John Benoit Detention Center in the city of Indio.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy Molina with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at (760)863–8990, or Crime Stoppers at (760)341-STOP (7867).

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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