Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Brent Irvine
File # TE231980112
On July 17, 2023, at about 10:47 AM, deputies from the Riverside Sheriff’s, Southwest Station, along with the Riverside Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau responded to the report of a male armed with a rifle who was seen walking into the Temecula Promenade Mall located in the 40000 block of Winchester Road. Upon arrival, deputies immediately began a search of the property, spoke with witnesses, and obtained further information on the possible armed male and his whereabouts. A male matching the description was quickly located inside the mall and detained for investigation. The male was in possession of two airsoft rifles.
The investigation revealed the male intended on returning the airsoft rifles to an airsoft gaming business located within the mall, and there was no evidence of a crime. This incident did not involve an active shooter event and there were no injuries reported.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputy Philipp of the Southwest Sheriff’s Station at 951–696–3000 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951–776–1099.
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