Attempted murder and other charges were filed Tuesday against a 34-year-old Coachella man who commandeered a motorhome and shot a man after deputies stopped the oversize vehicle with spike strips.
Jorge Luis Valdez was arrested Thursday on Highway 86 near Avenue 50 in
Coachella, and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon at the Larson Justice Center in Indio.
He also is charged with kidnapping during a carjacking, two counts of
carjacking and being a felon with a gun.
About 5:15 p.m. Thursday, California Highway Patrol officers notified
Riverside County sheriff's deputies about a gunman driving a motorhome after Valdez apparently took control of it on Highway 86, south of Dillon Road, sheriff's Deputy Armando Munoz said.
Valdez ``threatened the driver not to stop'' when law enforcement officers tried to stop it as it headed north on Highway 86, until spike strips ended
the chase, Munoz said.
Officers heard shots being fired inside the motorhome.
The man's wife came out, then Valdez emerged with a gun pointed toward
officers, he said. CHP officers and deputies opened fire at Valdez, but missed him, Munoz said, adding that he surrendered shortly afterward.
The wounded man was airlifted to a hospital to be treated. His name and
condition were unavailable.
The officers involved in the shooting were put on administrative leave, Munoz said.