Deputy Involved Shooting French Valley

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According to Sheriff-Coroner Riverside County: On Sunday, July 30, 2017, at approximately 9:25 AM, a deputy from the Southwest Sheriff’s Station was flagged down by a citizen near the intersection of Fields Drive and Washington Street, in the unincorporated community of Winchester. As the deputy was speaking to the subject, he observed bizarre behavior and the subject attempted to place the deputy under arrest and demanded the deputy disarm himself. Fearing the subject may be a danger to himself and others, the deputy attempted to detain the subject for a mental health evaluation.

The subject physically resisted the deputies’ attempts to detain him and a Taser was deployed. The Taser had no effect on the subject. While refusing the deputies’ commands, the subject entered a parked pickup truck in an attempt to flee the scene. While attempting to prevent his escape, the subject accelerated the vehicle and a deputy involved shooting occurred.

The subject fled the area and a vehicle pursuit ensued. The pursuit entered the city of Hemet, where a spike strip was used to disable the vehicle. Personnel from the Hemet Police Department assisted deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department with the apprehension of the subject near the intersection of Morro Hill Road and Dusty Hill Road in the city of Hemet. A Taser deployment was used to gain control of the subject, safely affecting the arrest.

The subject was taken into custody and transported to a local area hospital for a medical evaluation. No citizens, deputies, or officers were injured during the incident. Investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Departments Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation.

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The subject was identified as John Krasowski, 29 of the state of Washington. After receiving a medical evaluation, he was booked into the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center in the city of Murrieta for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, evading and resisting arrest.

The deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave per Department policy. The involved deputy’s names will not be released at this time. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Central Homicide Unit Investigator Dickey at (951) 955-2777.