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Pickax-wielding man shot by Fontana police officer

A pickax-wielding man was shot four times by a Fontana police officer at the end of a pursuit early Tuesday morning, Nov. 13, 2012, on the 6100 block of Catawba Avenue. (Google Maps)
November 13, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A pickax-wielding man was shot four times by a Fontana police officer at the end of a pursuit early Tuesday morning.

The Fontana officer was called to the scene of domestic disturbance some time before 12:35 a.m. on the 6100 block of Catawba Avenue. The suspect in the call had fled the scene in a semi-tractor and the officer was searching the area. He located the vehicle and attempted to stop it near Citrus Ave. and Walnut St.

The suspect failed to comply and led the officer on a pursuit, driving back to the scene of the domestic violence call. Police say the suspect, 38-year-old Norwalk resident Esteban Rodriguez, ran toward the house. As the officer tried to make contact with Rodriguez, Rodriguez grabbed a large pickax and raised it to strike the officer.

The officer, an eight-year veteran of the Fontana Police Dept., in fear for his life, fired his duty weapon multiple times, striking Rodriguez four times. The officer was not injured.

Rodriguez was hospitalized in unknown condition. He was arrested and held on charges of domestic violence and attempted murder of a police officer.

The officer-involved shooting is being investigated by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Dept. as a matter of Fontana Police Dept. policy.


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