A spokesperson for the Riverside Police Department has said they have apprehended a man who is accused to have opened fire at officers after a reported “road rage” incident.
The man in question, 35 year-old Luis Diaz, was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center. A local newspaper reported he is being charged with the attempted murder of a police officer and assault with a deadly weapon. He is being held on $1 million bail.
Officers say the incident began on Dec. 8 when the defendant was accused of attempting to run another man off the road. The driver immediately called police and provided a description of the vehicle. Deputies from the Riverside Sheriff’s Department located the car parked in a residential area shortly after the call was received. When they began to approach the man they believed to be the driver, he pulled a gun and began to fire shots.
The area was promptly closed off and a perimeter was set up. Deputies say the man was apprehended through the use of their K-9 unit. A dog was able to locate the suspect, who had spent several hours hiding in the crawl space of an abandoned house.
Diaz is scheduled to be arraigned later this week.