6 Suspects Shot Dead in Riverside County in 34 Days

Authorities say the suspects threatened officers and deputies

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    Multiple men, including two who allegedly tried to run over police officers, have been shot dead by Riverside authorities in a 34-day span.

    The latest shooting occurred Sunday morning in Jurupa Valley when police shot and killed a 29-year-old Norco man they said he accelerated his car toward an officer as he questioned him about an outstanding arrest warrant, according to a press release issued by the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner.

    This incident marked the sixth time since early June that officers have killed a suspect in Riverside County.

    The string of events started June 4, when a sheriff’s deputy shot and killed Luiz Urdez, 25, who police said attacked a woman in a San Jacinto trailer home.

    Four days later, Rustin Wilkerson, 19, was killed in a shootout with sheriff’s deputies at a home near Lake Mathews, where he fired multiple shotgun rounds at them.

    On July 11, police shot dead 26-year-old Rashad Hopes, who pointed an empty revolver at police in a gas station after being involved in a car crash near the 91 Freeway in Arlington.

    Police fired 15 bullets at Hopes before one of them hit him in the back of the head as he ran, said Riverside Assistant Police Chief Chris Vicino.

    Weeks later, Riverside police shot and killed suspects two days in a row.

    On June 25, Anthony Thompson, 34, of Bloomington, was killed by police as he accelerated his car toward officers after shooting into an occupied home in Jurupa Valley, Sgt. Lisa McConnell, spokeswoman for Riverside Police Department, said in a written statement.

    The following day, William McCullough, 30, was involved in a pursuit and was shot dead when he got out of his car in an unincorporated area in Hemet, according to a press release.

    Requests for comment from the Riverside Police Department were not returned by the time of publication.

    The Associated Press and City News Service contributed to this report.

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