In addition to uncovering older cases from referrals and from research, members of CWIE also have files from prior to our founding. These will be going up as well, in hopes that this website can become a single source of information about police violence and misconduct in the IE. When they are old cases, I will try to let you know in the title of the blogpost. This is a case from my files that I recall standing out to the use of the undercover unit. I highly suspect that these undercovers engage in a lot of entrapment, so I'd like to have more transparency about how they use them especially when people end up getting shot, even if those wounds aren't fatal.
Police officer shoots and wounds teenager who allegedly had threatened him with a knife in Fontana
Published: Monday, January 17, 2011 11:26 AM CST
A police officer shot and wounded a teenager who allegedly had been threatening him with a knife on Jan. 13, according to the Fontana Police Department.
The incident began at about 11 p.m. in the area of Barbee and Laurel avenues, where an undercover officer was confronted by a man described as a self-admitted gang member who was yelling gang slurs and taunting the officer, police said.
The 18-year-old man, identified as Fernando Brian Chavira of Fontana, advanced toward the officer, allegedly threatening him with a knife, police said.
In fear for his life, the officer fired his service weapon, striking the suspect in the torso, police said.
The suspect's weapon was recovered at the scene.
Chavira was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and later booked at West Valley Detention Center.
The officer, whose name was not released, was not physically injured in the incident.
Following standard procedure in all officer-involved shootings, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department's detectives are handling the investigation of the incident.
Notice that this next article also discusses a second police shooting in Fontana at around the same time, but refers to a separate incident (Chavira was not accused of robbery and did not have a gun).
Man points gun at Fontana officer during robbery
By Melissa Pinion-Whitt
Posted: 01/17/2011 08:35:30 AM PST
A Fontana police officer fired several gunshots at a man who robbed a convenience store Sunday, but the man escaped capture.
An officer saw an armed man walk into the ampm mini mart at 8127 Mulberry Avenue at 12:13 a.m. and rob the store, police said.
The officer intervened as the robber left the store. The robber raised a handgun at the officer, prompting the officer to fire several rounds at the man.
"At this time, we are unable to confirm whether he was hit or not," said Fontana police Sgt. Billy Green.
Police searched the area but couldn't find the robber.
The officer and store clerk were not injured.
It is the city's second officer-involved shooting in less than a week.
A suspected Fontana gang member confronted an undercover Fontana police officer Thursday near the corner of Barbee Street and Laurel Avenue at 11 p.m.
Police said the man, 18-year-old Fernando Brian Chavira yelled gang slurs and taunted the officer before approaching him with a knife.
The officer fired his gun, striking Chavira.
Chavira was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton for treatment and later booked at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.
The officer was not injured.