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Shot fired, stun gun used to stop fleeing man in French Valley

By in Press Enterprise on July 31, 2017

By Gail Wesson

A deputy-involved shooting occurred Sunday when a man described as exhibiting “bizzare behavior” sped away in his vehicle as a deputy in Winchester tried to prevent his escape, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department news release.

Before the chase began, the man identified as John Krasowski, 29, of Washington state, claimed he wanted to arrest the deputy and demanded the deputy disarm, the release stated.

The 9:25 a.m. incident and pursuit ended when a spike strip was used to disable Krasowski’s vehicle in Hemet.

A stun gun was used in the first attempt to detain Krasowski in Winchester north of Lake Skinner, and again near the intersection of Morro Hill Road and Dusty Hill Road just south of the Walmart Supercenter in the southwest part of Hemet.

Hemet police assisted deputies with the apprehension. There was no indication in the written statement that Krasowski was struck in the shooting incident.

After a medical evaluation, he was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, evading and resisting arrest, and booked at the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center in French Valley.

The initial contact with Krasowski was near Fields Drive and Washington Street, after a citizen flagged down a deputy. It was then Krasowski claimed he wanted to put the deputy under arrest and demanded disarmament. The deputy tried to detain the subject for a mental health evaluation, the news release stated.

The deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave in accordance with department policy, and was not identified by name.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 951-955-2777.

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