‘AR-15 style rifle’ used to threaten Rialto officer turned out to be a paintball gun – San Bernardino Sun

A San Bernardino man suspected of pointing a rifle at a Rialto police officer in a secure parking lot at the city police station was armed with a paintball gun, police said on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

On Monday, a Dodge Charger driven by 35-year-old Gunther Elizalde Tellez  tailed an officer in a patrol car into station’s parking lot, according to the Rialto Police Department. While the officer was talking to an employee standing at his passenger window, Tellez approached the driver’s side pointing what appeared to be an AR-15 style rifle.

When the officer exited his vehicle, Tellez ran before turning around to continue aiming the rifle.

The three-year veteran officer fired several shots, striking Tellez. He remained in the hospital on Wednesday where he was reported to be stable, police said.

Authorities haven’t said if they know a motive for Tellez’s actions.

Upon his release, Tellez will be booked on suspicion of using threats or violence to try to prevent an officer from carrying out their duties, police said. His bail will be set at $50,000.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office are assisting with investigating whether police protocol was followed during the shooting.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting should contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department’s Specialized Investigations Division, Sergeant Troy Mooradian or Detective Candelario Sahagun at 909-890-4904. Witnesses wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com

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