PERRIS: Gun-wielding man shot by deputies in front of Subway in critical condition

PERRIS — Very few details have been released after deputies shot and critically injured a man who was reportedly armed with a handgun and causing a disturbance at a business. The shooting happened late Sunday night, February 25, in front of a Subway restaurant near the intersection of Nuevo Road and Perris Boulevard in Perris.

Sheriff’s deputies shot and critically injured a man who was allegedly armed with a handgun in front of Subway Restaurant. John Strangis/Eye News Media photo

Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Perris Police Station responded to the Perris Towne Centre about 10:30 p.m., after receiving reports of a man spotted with a gun at the fast food restaurant, which is open 24 hours a day.

When deputies arrived at the location they contacted an adult male, who officials have not yet publicly named, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Chris Willison explained after the shooting.

The man “was armed with a handgun and an officer involved shooting occurred,” according to Willison.

The man was struck by one or more of the rounds fired by involved deputies who immediately put out an emergency call for assistance and requested paramedics and other medical personnel respond to the scene.

The alleged suspect was eventually rushed to an area hospital where he remains in critical condition.

Deputies eventually cordoned of a section of the parking lot directly outside the Subway. Two vehicles, described as a light-colored sedan and a pickup truck, were parked in front of the restaurant, within the cordoned off area. At least two of the sedan’s windows, including the right, rear-passenger window and car’s rear window, appeared to have been damaged by gunfire and shattered glass was spread across the vehicle’s trunk and littered on the ground of the parking lot.

The glass door of the Subway, which sat directly in front of the car had also been shattered, presumably – but not confirmed – to have been shot out by gunfire.


Sheriff’s and other officials discuss a deputy involved shooting that critically injured a man. John Strangis/Eye News Media photo

Investigators from the Perris Station and Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation. They were assisted by forensic technicians from the department Forensic Services Bureau as well as Riverside County District Attorney’s office.

As the sun was rising, officials – many in suits – could be observed walking the scene, taking notes, and discussing the incident.

The deputies involved in the shooting, whose names have not yet been released, were placed on administrative leave per department policy.

Citing the Sheriff’s ongoing investigation, Willison explained no other information would be released at this time, pending further investigation.

No other citizens or deputies were injured as a result of the shooting.

Anyone with information regarding the incident or who witnessed the shooting is encouraged to immediately contact Central Homicide Investigator Bishop at (951) 955-2777 or Perris Sheriff’s Station Investigator Salisbury at (951) 210-1000. Callers can refer to incident file number PE180560093 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

Click any image to open full size gallery.


Contact the writer:

Trevor Montgomery, who recently moved from Riverside County to Shasta County, runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 27 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 14 grandchildren.