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Authorities identify man suspected of shooting deputy, then evading manhunt in Jurupa Valley – Press Enterprise

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A 30-year-old San Bernardino man has been identified as the suspect who allegedly shot a deputy during an attempted traffic stop in Jurupa Valley before fleeing the area on foot this month, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

The shooting occurred during a chase on the evening of May 14, after suspect Martin Perez Jr. refused to cooperate when a motorcycle officer tried to stop him for a traffic violation at Wineville and Limonite avenues in Jurupa Valley, the sheriff’s office said. After driving onto a dirt road near 68th Street, west of Pats Ranch Road, the suspect allegedly shot at the deputy, who was not injured and did not return fire, officials said.

(Riverside County Sheriff's Office)
(Riverside County Sheriff’s Office)

The suspect entered an area of ​​dense foliage near the bottom of the Santa Ana River before exiting his vehicle and fleeing on foot in an unknown direction. Authorities searched for the suspect that evening, but he was not found. Perez Jr. is considered armed and dangerous and is wanted on suspicion of attempted murder, the sheriff’s office said.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to call the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station Investigations Bureau at 951-955-2654.

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