Drive-By Shooting Suspect Caught After Eluding Authorities in Rialto
A parolee suspected of involvement in a drive-by shooting was taken into custody in Banning Thursday morning following an extensive manhunt that began in Rialto on Wednesday.
Darnell White III was allegedly driving one of two vehicles that were driving at a high rate of speed early Wednesday morning in the area of Pepper and Etiwanda avenues (map) in Rialto.
Believing the vehicles may have been involved in a road-rage incident, officers initiated a traffic stop in the 900 block of East Mesa Drive (map).
“One of the drivers got out of the vehicle, armed himself with a high-powered, fully loaded assault rifle, at which time the officer feared for his life and fired multiple shots in his direction,” police Capt. Randy De Anda said.
The driver, later identified by police as White, then left the assault rifle in the vehicle and ran into a nearby home.
An Inland Valley SWAT team responded, but a search of the home revealed the suspect had fled, police said in a statement.
San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department homicide officers caught up with White in Banning Thursday morning and took him into custody, a detective with the department confirmed.
No further details on White’s capture were immediately available.
Police suspect White may have been involved in a drive-by shooting Tuesday night in the Riverside County area.
Shell casings were allegedly found inside White’s car that matched the shooting, police said.
KTLA’s John Moreno, Kareen Wynter, Melissa Pamer and Anthony Kurzweil contributed to this article.