San Diegans Charged in Shooting With Murrieta PD

Officials say the incident started as a bank robbery

Two San Diego men are behind bars after being involved in a shooting with Murrieta police.

Duane Bowen, 51, of Chula Vista faces charges of robbery, conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon and felony evading. Thomas Ferguson, 30, of La Mesa faces an armed robbery charge.

According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the ordeal started as a bank robbery Friday at First Citizens Bank in the 41500 block of Ivy Street in Murrieta. Murrieta police officers spotted the robbery suspects’ vehicle and chased them into Temecula, sheriff’s officials said.

The pursuit ended in the 43500 block of Ridge Park Drive in Temecula. Spike strips slowed down the suspects. But before stopping, officials say Bowen intentionally rammed into a patrol car, injuring a Murrieta police detective.

Sheriff’s officials say Bowen got out of the car and was shot by a Murrieta police officer. He was treated on-scene for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and taken a Riverside County Medical Detention Care Facility.

Ferguson was booked into the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.

Officials have not released the name of the officer who fired the gun. That officer has been put on administrative leave, which is department policy.

The sheriff’s department said the detective in the patrol car was treated at the hospital

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