– Kristian Galeana : “Body-Cam Footage Shows Man Firing Shots at Deputy in Riverside County Hit-and-Run Case”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has made public the body-camera footage capturing a shocking incident that took place in Thousand Palms in October. The footage shows a man suspected in a hit-and-run case pulling out a handgun and firing shots at a deputy from his car. In response, the officers began shooting back at him in a parking lot near the intersection of Ramon Road and Robert Road.

According to Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco, the incident unfolded after deputies stopped a car with two occupants. The car in question was believed to be connected to a felony hit-and-run case. While one deputy was detaining the driver, two additional deputies arrived to assist with the investigation. As they approached the passenger side of the vehicle, the body-cam footage revealed the seated passenger pulling out a pistol and firing shots at the deputies. One of the deputies was mere inches away from the car window.

Following the initial gunfire, the suspect barricaded himself inside the vehicle and refused to comply with further commands. In response, officials from the sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau, the California Highway Patrol, and other agencies were called in for assistance. The tense situation escalated when the passenger pointed his handgun at the police officers again, prompting them to fire additional shots.

Tragically, one deputy was hit by gunfire and subsequently transported to a hospital. However, Sheriff Chad Bianco provided an update, stating that the deputy is currently recovering from his injuries. The suspected shooter, identified as Kristian Galeana of Thousand Palms, was also taken to a hospital after receiving medical aid at the scene. He is now recovering from his injuries while in sheriff’s custody. The driver, on the other hand, escaped unharmed.

The body-camera videos released by the department shed light on the sequence of events. In one video, an unidentified deputy approaches the passenger side of the car and expresses doubt about the passenger’s identity. Within seconds, the passenger fires multiple shots from his seat, causing the deputies to momentarily retreat before returning fire. Another video shows a deputy asking the passenger to exit the vehicle and show his hands, only to be met with gunfire. The deputy takes cover behind a parked car and returns fire.

Kristian Galeana, 27, has been charged with several felony counts, including first-degree attempted murder. The driver, Jose Eduardo Rosales Perez, is also facing several serious charges, including attempted murder of a peace officer and possession of a firearm as a felon.

The investigation into the shootings is currently underway, with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and the sheriff department’s Force Investigations Detail collaborating to review the incident thoroughly.

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