Chase suspect in custody after shots are fired at police in Riverside

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) -- A chase suspect was in custody after shots were fired at officers in Riverside Tuesday night, according to officials from the Riverside Police Department.

It all started as a chase initiated by Corona police officers around 6 p.m.

Police say a person spotted a suspect who had shot at them during a drive-by last month and pointed the suspect out to officers.

When police tried to stop the suspect, who was in a white Dodge van, in the Home Gardens area of Buchanan and Sampson avenues, the suspect fled, and a pursuit ensued.

Officers chased the suspect through surface streets and the 91 Freeway to Riverside. Authorities said the suspect shot at them with a modified assault rifle during the chase.

The pursuit ended when the suspect jumped out of his van just before it collided with an on-coming vehicle. The suspect fled on foot with the weapon in hand and tried to hide from law enforcement.

After approximately 20 minutes, the suspect emerged and surrendered without incident after officers closed in.

Riverside police confirmed that no officers or citizens were injured in the incident, and a weapon was located after the suspect was detained.

The suspect, who was also not injured, was later identified as 38-year-old Leslie Berry Jr. of Corona.

He was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for attempted murder of three police officers, evading and weapons charges.
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