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Riverside County deputy, barricaded suspect wounded in gunfire exchange

A Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy and a barricaded suspected traded gunfire in Thousand Palms Wednesday night, wounding both of them and sending them to the hospital.

At 7:08 p.m., deputies were sent to Ramon and Robert roads to find a person accused of felony hit-and-run, the department said in a news release.

They found the driver, who was behind the wheel of a vehicle, and while detaining him, the passenger of that vehicle opened fire on deputies, who returned fire, striking the shooter at least once, the department said.

After being hit, “the suspect barricaded inside the vehicle and refused to follow commands,” the release said.

A deputy was hit in the gunfire, and he was taken to a local hospital, where he remains in stable condition.

“The suspect, also struck by gunfire, was ultimately taken into custody,” officials said. “Deputies provided medical aid, and he was transported to a local hospital; he is currently in stable condition.”

The driver was ultimately arrested on that felony warrant.

The deputies involved have been put on paid administrative leave, and their names have not been released.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Riverside County District Attorney Investigator Mario Moreno 951-955-9470 or Riverside County Sheriff’s Master Investigator Martin Alfaro at 760-393-3528.

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