Man Hurt in Rialto Officer-Involved Shooting After Allegedly Ramming Truck Into Police Cruisers

A man was injured in an officer-involved shooting in Rialto after he allegedly rammed police cruisers with his truck early Monday morning.

At the scene near East Chaparral Street and North Sycamore Avenue, a pickup truck was seen covered in bullet holes while some police cruisers appeared damaged. Just after 1:30 a.m., the suspect in a disturbance call at the home had been injured in an officer-involved shooting.

The suspect was identified by police as 53-year-old David Gonzales.

Rialto police investigate the scene of a crash and officer-involved shooting on Dec. 3, 2018. (Credit: RMG News)

Rialto police investigate the scene of a crash and officer-involved shooting on Dec. 3, 2018. (Credit: RMG News)

He had been honking his horn and running down fences for about an hour after showing up to the home of a family member, according to Sgt. Richard Royce of the Rialto Police Department.

When two police cruisers arrived, the suspect refused to cooperate with their demands and started ramming his vehicle into theirs, Royce said.

"The subject then used his car and literally pushed (the police cruiser) into the side of the house," Royce said.

The damage broke a water main and gas line and officers kept telling the suspect to stop but he refused and wouldn't get out of the truck when told to, Royce said.

It's not clear what happened in the final moments before the shooting but Royce said the suspect "either tried to take another hit at the officer or make good on an escape."

The suspect was shot and also wounded by dog bites after a K-9 unit was sent in, Royce said. He was taken into custody and transported to medical treatment.

His injuries are believed to be not life-threatening.

According to Royce, the suspect appeared to have "an altered level of consciousness" — making it possible drugs or alcohol may have been involved. However, the police sergeant did not say whether mental health issues may have played a role.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is conducting an independent investigation into the use of force as other authorities continue to investigate.

The Rialto Fire Department resolved the leaking gas line, according to police, and officials from the city's building department will inspect the safety of the home. Meanwhile, a stretch of North Sycamore Avenue remained closed.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 909-820-2550 while anonymous tips can be forwarded to 855-847-7247.

No other details have been released.

Correction: A previous version of this story misidentified the vehicle that collided with a home. The post has since been updated.

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