A man accused of shooting two people at a kiosk in El Cajon last week was arrested in Lemon Grove Tuesday after leading police on a chase that ended with the suspect being Tasered.
The El Cajon Police Department (ECPD) said Michael Riordan, 42, had been taken into custody at around 5 p.m. Tuesday. Detectives found Riordan inside a car in the Lakeside area and followed him onto westbound Interstate 8.
With the help of a San Diego County Sheriff’s Department helicopter and two San Diego Harbor Police officers in a marked patrol unit, authorities tried to pull Riordan over. He refused to stop for officers and three-mile chase lasting about three minutes ensued, the ECPD said.
Riordan made his way to the home of someone he knew in Lemon Grove. As he drove up with police behind him, he nearly hit a child standing in the driveway, the ECPD said.
After the suspect got out of his car, he fought with police officers until an officer deployed a Taser on him. Riordan was arrested, the ECPD said.
Under search warrants, detectives searched three homes in San Diego’s East County where Riordan was known to stay. At one location, detectives discovered a gun matching shell casings found at the scene of a shooting that happened on Oct. 28 in El Cajon.
During that incident, the suspect – later identified as Riordan by ECPD detectives and investigators with the East County Regional Gang Task Force – got into an argument with two men at a kiosk in front of a welfare office in the 1000 block of Decker Street.
Police said Riordan walked away and went to his car to grab a gun. When he walked back to the kiosk, he fired numerous shots at the men, striking one victim in the leg. The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived.
The ECPD said Riordan is the suspect in that shooting. He was booked into San Diego Central Jail on several counts, including assault with a firearm. He’s scheduled to appear in court Thursday.