RIALTO (CBSLA.com) — Authorities Wednesday were searching for a parolee who allegedly pulled an assault rifle on an officer in Rialto.
At around 1:45 a.m., police observed two vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed in the area of Pepper and Etiwanda avenues, officials said.READ MORE: 'A Little Las Vegas': West Hollywood Residents Say New Digital Billboard On Sunset Strip Lights Up Their Homes Around The Clock
An officer initiated a traffic stop and one of the drivers, identified as Darnell White III, exited a vehicle with a fully loaded assault rifle in his hand.
“The officer believed he was about to be fired upon and fired multiple rounds at the suspect,” Sgt. David Shepherd said.
White left the weapon in the vehicle and ran to a nearby residence.
The home was later cleared by the Inland Valley SWAT Team after a search revealed that White had fled.READ MORE: Permanent Supportive Housing Building In Skid Row Celebrates Grand Opening With Virtual Event
“The suspect is believed to be injured and officers are actively searching for him,” Shepherd said.
The suspect is also wanted for his possible involvement in a drive-by shooting in Rubidoux.
White, who has an extensive criminal history, is considered armed and dangerous.
“Mr. White is a parolee with an extensive violent criminal history involving law enforcement,” Rialto police Capt. Randy De Anda said.MORE NEWS: Japanese American National Museum Reopens In Little Tokyo
Anyone with information should contact police at (909) 421-4990.