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California Officer Runs Over Gun-Wielding Suspect with Patrol Car

August 24, 2015  | 

Issac M. Ornelas, 21, of San Bernardino, is accused of fleeing officers, exiting his vehicle, and then pulling out a gun. A pursuing officer, in fear of his safety, ran over Ornelas. He is expected to survive. (Photo: San Bernardino PD)
Issac M. Ornelas, 21, of San Bernardino, is accused of fleeing officers, exiting his vehicle, and then pulling out a gun. A pursuing officer, in fear of his safety, ran over Ornelas. He is expected to survive. (Photo: San Bernardino PD)

A 21-year-old San Bernardino, Calif., man was run over by a Colton Police squad car after he led officers on a chase and pulled out a gun, police said.

Issac M. Ornelas suffered head injuries and a broken leg in the crash, said San Bernardino police Sgt. Vicki Cervantes. Ornelas remained hospitalized Friday morning.

The incident began at 12:36 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21, while he was driving a white Cadillac Escalade along South Mt. Vernon Avenue in Colton, where Colton police spotted him swerving between lanes and attempted to pull him over.

A brief car chase through a residential neighborhood hit 65 mph.

"As he drove north in the 700 block of South J Street, he slowed down, opened the driver's door and exited the moving vehicle," Cervantes said in a written statement. "As he exited, ... officers and a witness observed Ornelas holding a handgun," the Press Enterprise reports.

That's when the officer, fearing for his life, drove into and over the suspect, Cervantes said.

A loaded -- and stolen -- handgun was recovered at the scene.

Comments (5)

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Willis Pickle @ 8/24/2015 9:28 AM

Pull a gun on a cop, stand by. Glad the Colton officer wasn't injured.

S.S. @ 8/24/2015 11:33 AM

Still not enough! I hope this asshole gets what he deserves and spends the rest of his life in jail, or commits suicide. No Big Loss!!! Glad the officers made it out ok.

kevCopAz @ 8/24/2015 11:34 AM

Lucky the officer used him as a parking block rather then shooting him. I would say that it was a use of "less then deserved force" against Oranges by PD. Good job Officer.

Jon Retired LEO @ 8/24/2015 2:32 PM

Driving a Cadillac Escalade? He must be one of the gang leaders.

OK @ 8/26/2015 9:54 PM

An innovative solution to the problem. Nice job.

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