A Mission Viejo man fired rounds at an off-duty San Bernardino police officer throughout a bout of street rage close to Lake Elsinore over the weekend, and was arrested Sunday, Feb. 21, California Freeway Patrol officers stated.
The off-duty officer was heading east on Freeway 74, generally known as Ortega Freeway, and was being tailed by a motorist who was honking their horn, flashing their headlights and “driving dangerously” Saturday night, CHP Officer Mike Lassig stated Monday. The motorist crossed into oncoming lanes to tug forward of the officer and stopped abruptly in entrance of his automobile west of Decker Canyon Street, then fired a number of rounds at him with a handgun at about 7:46 p.m.
The suspect fled east, Lassig stated. The officer caught as much as him whereas he was stopped on the shoulder of the freeway and pulled up behind him. The person held a handgun out of his driver-side window and backed up towards the officer, who then fired on the suspect.
Nobody was injured within the shootings.
The officer managed to report the suspect’s license plate quantity earlier than his automobile sped away towards Lake Elsinore, Lassig stated. The CHP and Riverside County Sheriff’s Division responded and looked for the motorist, however didn’t discover him Saturday night. Caltrans Tweets confirmed Ortega Freeway in that space was closed for the investigation Sunday from 12:19 a.m. to 4:34 a.m.
Investigators recognized the person who opened fireplace on the off-duty officer as Keith Frederick Prante, 34, of Mission Viejo. He was arrested at about 8 a.m. Sunday, Lassig stated. The 2 had by no means met earlier than Saturday night.
Prante was booked on suspicion of tried homicide, assault with a lethal weapon and brandishing a firearm, based on inmate data. He was held on the Southwest Detention Heart on Monday in lieu of $1 million bail.