On November 20th, 2020, at 8:39 pm, deputies attempted to perform a traffic stop on a vehicle occupied by a subject who was suspected of driving under the influence near the area of Lark Haven Dr. and Goldfinch St., in the city of Moreno Valley. When deputies activated the emergency lights on their marked Sheriff’s unit, the driver of the vehicle failed to stop, and a vehicle pursuit began. The vehicle pursuit ended when the suspect stopped in front of a closed entrance of an apartment complex near the area of Heacock St. and Cottonwood Ave. As deputies exited their patrol unit, the driver reversed and struck one of the deputies. It was at that time that a deputy involved shooting occurred.
During the shooting incident, the driver of the vehicle was struck by gunfire. After the incident, both the deputy and the suspect were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for their injuries. The second occupant was detained and transported to the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station for further investigation.
The suspect later identified as 26-year-old Quintin Howard will be booked into jail for attempted murder on a peace officer, false imprisonment, and felony evading.
The deputies involved in this incident have been placed on administrative leave in accordance with department policy. The names of the deputies will not be released at this time.
Investigators from the Force Investigations Detail, consisting of the Riverside County District Attorney Investigators and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Central Homicide Unit, responded and assumed the investigation. The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office will be the lead investigating agency. This is an active and on-going investigation with no further details available at this time.
The Force Investigations Detail encourages anyone with information regarding this incident to contact D.A. Investigator Quilantan at 951-334-0407 or Investigator Dickey at 951-955-2777.
Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.
For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.
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