Riverside County, CA – Officials have released bodycam video from a March shootout that left a deputy wounded and the gunman dead (video below).
The incident occurred at about 9:15 a.m. on March 21 when Riverside County sheriff’s deputies went looking for Cristian Castaneda, who had tried to a kill a deputy during a traffic stop the prior evening, KABC reported.
“During that traffic stop, Castaneda pointed a loaded gun at one of our deputies,” Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said. “Fortunately, when he pulled the trigger, the gun malfunctioned and did not fire.”
Castaneda jumped back in his vehicle and fled the scene, and then abandoned the vehicle a short time later, KABC reported.
Deputies detained his passenger.
Investigators learned that Castaneda was known to frequent a trailer on Bond Road and attempted to apprehend him there the next day, KABC reported.
Sheriff Bianco released a video briefing on May 5 that showed the dramatic confrontation that ensued.
He said several sheriff’s deputies and a sergeant approached the trailer with a felony warrant for Castaneda on the charge of assault on a peace officer with a firearm, KABC reported.
The sheriff said residents of the trailer told them Castaneda was hiding in a bedroom there.
Bodycam video showed that deputies were attempting to get the residents away from the trailer to safety when Castaneda opened fire on them from inside the trailer.
“Shots fired! Shots fired!” deputies yelled in the video. “Get down! Get down!”
Bodycam video showed that Castaneda had two deputies pinned down behind some junk in the yard on the other side of the trailer.
He continued to fire at the deputies sporadically and one of his rounds struck a deputy, the video showed.
“Am I hit?” the deputy asked. “I don’t know if I’m bleeding, bro. We gotta run that way.”
But the deputies were stuck, pinned down with the gunman firing at from the bedroom window, the video showed.
Bodycam video showed they returned fire several times, and one of the deputies ran out of ammunition.
Radio traffic showed dispatchers were trying to send additional backup units while deputies on the scene tried to get to the deputies who were pinned down.
Multiple agencies responded to assist Riverside County, KABC reported.
Two armored Riverside County Sheriff’s Department vehicles arrived and parked between the trailer and the deputies and residents who were trapped in front of the home.
Deputies were able to help the deputies in the line of fire get to safety and the wounded deputy was transported to the hospital, KABC reported.
Sheriff Bianco said the deputy’s wounds were not life-threatening.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau surrounded the trailer and attempted to get Castaneda to give up and come out, KABC reported.
They were unsuccessful, so a robotic dog was sent into the trailer and found the gunman dead.
Authorities recovered a handgun and multiple rounds of ammunition, KABC reported.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content and Obscene Language: