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Riverside police to discuss investigation into fatal shooting of officer [Updated]

November 9, 2010 |  2:12 pm

Officer.2.GMF Riverside police have scheduled a 3:30 p.m. news conference Tuesday to discuss the progress of their investigation into the fatal shooting of Officer Ryan P. Bonaminio.

Bonaminio, 27, was killed Sunday night by an unidentified suspect who remains at large.

The officer, an Iraq war veteran who had been with the police department since 2006, was on routine patrol about 9:45 p.m. when he tried to pull over a stolen semi-truck believed to be involved in an earlier hit-and-run accident near the 60 Freeway, officials said. The driver of the trailer-less cab sped down Market Street before pulling over in front of Riverside's Fairmount Park and running down a grassy field.

Shortly afterward, Bonaminio pulled up and ran after the suspect. Residents in nearby homes reported hearing gunfire, officials said.

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

Assistant Police Chief Chris Vicino said the truck had only a front license plate, so Bonaminio was unable to radio it in. The officer never fired his gun, police said.

On Monday, police released a photo of the suspect, whom they described as a black male in his mid-30s to mid-40s, about 6-foot-1, with a slender build and possible facial hair. He was last seen wearing dark clothing and a light-colored baseball cap, police said.

The photo was taken by a video camera inside the officer's patrol car, said Police Chief Sergio Diaz. It was taken after the suspect shot the officer and shows him getting back into the cab to return the truck to the rental yard from which it had been stolen, Diaz said.

"We're putting out the photo in hopes that somebody will see the suspect and do the right thing," Diaz said.

[Updated, 3:45 p.m.: On Tuesday, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed Officer Bonaminio.

"We need to use every resource available to catch the despicable coward who murdered a young officer whose only desire was to protect the people in our community," said Supervisor John Tavaglione.]

A funeral service for Bonaminio is scheduled for Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. at The Grove Community Church, 19900 Grove Community Dr. in Riverside. Internment will follow at Riverside National Cemetery.

Donations can be made to the Officer and Family Assistance Fund via the Riverside Police Officers' Assn., 1965 Chicago Ave., Suite B, Riverside, CA 92507, Phone (951) 784-1034. www.rpoa.org.

-- Phil Willon

Photo: Riverside firefighters pay their respects to Officer Ryan Bonaminio at a memorial Fairmount Park. Bonaminio was killed while chasing a suspect through the park Sunday. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times