On Thursday, Jan. 9, a reckless driver spotted on State Route 210 and Highland Avenue resulted in a chase ending in Muscoy with vehicular assault and an officer involved shooting. The driver, Juan Ayon-Ruiz, 24, of Yucaipa died while a two-year-old passenger was uninjured.

Specialized detectives are investigating the shooting.

According to a sheriff’s department press release, at 9:29 p.m. on Thursday deputies from the Central Station attempted a traffic stop on a Buick Rainier that was driving recklessly on the eastbound 210 freeway near Highland Avenue.

The driver failed to stop and continued driving at a high rate of speed. The driver exited the freeway into the community of Muscoy, and in the area of Blake Street and Otto Street the driver veered off the roadway and struck a mailbox.

As deputies conducted a high-risk traffic stop, the driver reversed his vehicle and rammed the patrol car, at which time a deputy involved shooting occurred.

When deputies checked on the driver, his two-year-old child was found inside the car. The child was not restrained in a child safety seat but had no obvious injuries. He was transported to a local hospital as a precaution.

The driver, identified as Juan Ayon-Ruiz, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail responded to conduct the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information, or anyone who witnessed the incident, is asked to contact Detective Nicholas Clark, Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail at (909) 387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME or wetip.com.

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