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Suspect arrested after shooting at police

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

December 14, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A 42-year-old Temecula man is under arrest while recovering from gunshot wounds at the hands of a Temecula police officer.Police say it all began just after midnight Sunday, when they responded to a domestic violence call. The suspect, identified as Raymond McConnell, had allegedly assaulted his wife and adult son and left the home before police arrived.

About two hours later, officers got a call from a business about a man brandishing a gun at customers. By matching the suspect's license plate number, officers determined it was McConnell.

After an hours-long search in bad weather, an officer spotted McConnell's vehicle on the 15 Freeway at Mission Road in Fallbrook, as the suspect's vehicle hit a guardrail.

The officer attempted to pull him over, but police say McConnell leaned out of the window and pointed a handgun at the officer. That's when the officer fired several times at McConnell. A short pursuit ensued until the vehicle became disabled. At that time, back up arrived and McConnell was surrounded. Police say he refused to exit his vehicle, brandished his gun and made obscene gestures at the officers.

After a two-hour stand-off, police say McConnell left his vehicle and tried to run away unsuccessfully. Officers took him into custody a short time later.

McConnell was taken to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Meanwhile, the deputy involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave per department policy.

McConnell was booked on multiple charges of assault with a deadly weapon, spousal abuse, criminal threats, and brandishing a firearm.

On Monday afternoon, he was being held on a $400,000 bail.


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