A man accused of statutory rape who allegedly threw rocks at passing motorists and police near the 10 Freeway in Montclair was shot by officers responding to the incident early Wednesday.
Anthony Jacks, 26, had apparently been hospitalized in Upland earlier after he was reported acting strangely and swinging a stick at an area gas station, according to a news release from the Montclair Police Department.
After being released from the hospital, he allegedly entered a home in Upland and assaulted a resident inside, Montclair Police Chief Robert Avels said. Police in Upland responded to that incident, but Jacks was allegedly able to get away.
Officials later learned that, in addition to being wanted on a no-bail warrant on suspicion of statutory rape, Jacks was on probation for the same crime.
At about 5:45 a.m., Montclair police received a call about a man, later identified by police as Jacks, throwing rocks at passing vehicles on the eastbound entrance of the 10 Freeway at Central Avenue.
Montclair police responded and two officers opened fire and shot Jacks "almost immediately," Avels said, noting that Jacks threw a rock at the first responding officer.
Jacks was taken to a hospital, where he underwent surgery Wednesday morning. Authorities have not said how many times he was shot or if he was armed with a gun.
Police eventually found seven "civilian" vehicles that were damaged, some with windows smashed. Avels said more vehicles were damaged, but left the scene before police arrived.
Avels said the rocks being thrown by the suspect varied in size, describing some as "boulders."
The on- and off-ramps near Central Avenue were shut down during the investigation, and motorists were asked to avoid the area.
Parichard Utarnart said she was on her way to work when she saw the suspect blocking the onramp to the freeway and he threw rocks on her windshield. When she tried to make a U-Turn, Utarnart said the man threw two rocks at her side window.
When she managed to park, she saw the suspect throw a rock at her back window and she heard glass shattering. In total, she said the man threw five rocks at her vehicle, one of which hit her shoulder.
"I'm OK," Utarnart said. "I was taking full cover because the glass was getting on my face. I heard a lot of glass shattering at the time."
She described the ordeal as "frightening."
"I didn't know what he was going to do or what his intention was," Utarnart said. "I just locked my car and took cover."
Rigoberto Garcia was also on his way to work when he spotted the suspect. He thought the man was crossing the street at the onramp and let him pass, but he said the man "attacked" him by throwing a small rock at him. The rock scraped Garcia's windshield, and as he tried to go around the man, the suspect allegedly ran in front of the vehicle, grabbed a larger rock with both hands and threw it at Garcia.
"It shattered my whole windshield," Garcia told KTLA.
Garcia then called 911 and as he was on the phone with a dispatcher, he said he heard five gunshots and eventually saw the suspect collapse.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident as part of Montclair police's protocol.