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Suspect arrested in slaying of Riverside police officer [Updated]

November 9, 2010 | 10:24 pm

[Updated, 4:10 a.m. Wednesday: Riverside police announced that they have arrested  Earl Ellis Green, 44, of Rubidoux in connection with the killing of Officer Ryan Bonaminio.

He is being held on suspicion of murder and parole violation.

Police and FBI agents arrested Green  in the Target shopping complex in the 3300 block of Arlington Avenue, Riverside, on Tuesday night.

"We like this guy, but there's still a lot of work to do," Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz told the Riverside Press-Enterprise earlier. ]

A reward of $385,000 has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer. The city and county of Riverside, the county district attorney's office, local and federal police agencies and the Morongo Indian tribe contributed to the reward.

Bonaminio, a 27-year-old Iraq war veteran who had been with the police department since 2006, was on routine patrol about 9:45 p.m. Sunday when he tried to pull over a stolen semi truck believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run collision near the 60 Freeway.

The driver of the trailerless cab sped south on Market Street before pulling over in front of Riverside's Fairmount Park and running down a grassy field. Bonaminio was running after the suspect when he was shot.

When other officers arrived, they found Bonaminio on the ground. He was taken to Riverside Community Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

-- Phil Willon in Riverside

Photo: Suspect in shooting. Credit: Riverside Police Department