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SWAT captures man suspected of firing gun on Morongo reservation

November 16, 2011 |  8:45 am

A man was taken into custody by a Riverside County SWAT team and Morongo Tribal deputies after a standoff following reports he fired gunshots on the Morongo Indian Reservation.

Riverside deputies and Morongo Tribal Patrol officers were dispatched to numerous reports of gunshots in the 48000 block of Morongo Road on the Morongo Indian Reservation shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Officers learned that the man had left home and fired multiple rounds from a handgun. Deputies and Tribal Patrol officers evacuated nearby homes and blocked off streets from unsuspecting passersby. Authorities then learned the man had contacted authorities and repeatedly hung up.

Deputies and officers then found a loaded firearm lying on the ground and called in the Sheriff's Special Enforcement Bureau and Crisis Negotiation Team.

Negotiators made several attempts to persuade the man to surrender but about 3:50 a.m., tactical officers entered the home and took the suspect into custody, officials said.

According to Investigator Robert Pierson, the suspect remains unidentified, but he did tell investigators that he was not a tribal member. No one else was found in the residence and at this time no one appears to have been shot or otherwise injured by  gunfire.

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