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California Briefing / Moreno Valley

Deputy shoots carjacking suspect

September 20, 2009|Sam Quinones

Authorities closed the eastbound 60 Freeway near Perris Boulevard on Saturday afternoon after a sheriff's deputy shot and wounded a carjacking suspect who had fled onto a freeway offramp.

The incident occurred about 2 p.m. when deputies received several calls about a man trying to break into vehicles on Sunnymead Boulevard between Perris and Heacock Street, said Juan Zamora, a spokesman for the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

When deputies arrived, they spotted a man trying to enter a vehicle, Zamora said. The man saw the deputies and ran off. During a foot pursuit, he ran onto the Perris Boulevard offramp, where the shooting occurred. He was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.

Investigators believe several people were victims of attempted carjackings. Anyone with information is asked to call deputies at (951) 955-2777.

-- Sam Quinones

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