Shots Fired at Officer During Traffic Stop in Poway

Two men were arrested for attempted murder

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    Suspects turned a gun on an officer as he tried to check the driver for DUI. NBC 7's Candice Nguyen reports. (Published Sunday, Nov 17, 2013)

    Suspects turned a gun on an officer during a suspected DUI traffic stop in Poway Saturday evening, sheriff's officials said.

    A San Diego police officer tried to pull over a driver he believed was driving drunk at the intersection of Espola and Poway roads around 7:50 p.m.
    After the officer turned on his emergency lights, he heard what he thought was a gunshot. Three more shots followed, and he saw the muzzle flash from a firearm, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. 
    The officer called for back-up, and sheriff’s deputies responded to help with a high-risk vehicle stop at Poway and Welton roads. 
    Two men, 28-year-old Michael Rains and 18-year-old Daniel Schwartzel, were arrested without any more trouble.
    Neither the suspects nor the officers were injured. 
    Inside the suspects’ white SUV, officers discovered a handgun. Deputies temporarily closed Poway Road as they searched and found shell casings from the handgun in the street. 
    Rains and Schwartzel have been booked into the San Diego Central Jail for attempted murder. They are being held without bail. 
    Detectives with the Poway Sheriff’s Station will continue the investigation.