A parolee wanted on suspicion of theft was shot to death by a Fontana police officer after he crashed his car into a patrol cruiser and ignored orders to stop, authorities said Wednesday.
The incident, the second fatal shooting by a Fontana officer this year, occurred about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, after a motorcycle officer found Walter Lee Trevino, 34, driving a stolen Jeep Cherokee in a Kmart parking lot on Valley Boulevard in Fontana. Officers suspected he was responsible for a theft from an auto-parts store and the Kmart nearby only minutes before.
Once spotted, Trevino sped away and ended up in another parking lot less than a mile away. Confronted by the motorcycle officer and a two-man cruiser that had joined the chase, the driver reversed the vehicle into the police car, slamming it with such force that its passenger-side air bag deployed.
The officer sitting on the passenger side was later treated for a minor neck injury.
Trevino then pulled his Jeep forward and struck a parked car, police said. The officer driving the patrol car left his cruiser and approached the Jeep on foot from the rear, said Sgt. Mark Weissman, a Fontana police spokesman. Trevino placed the Jeep in reverse and rolled back slowly as he revved his engine, Weissman said.