Suspect shot at by Ceres officer identified

08/27/2013 12:01 AM

08/27/2013 12:03 AM

Ceres police on Monday released the name of a man they say brandished a firearm at an officer, who in turn fired his duty weapon at the suspect.

Robert Anthony de Los Rios, 34, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, unlawful discharge of a firearm and being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.

Neither the officer nor de Los Rios were hit by gunfire in the incident, which occurred Saturday at a home in the 2500 block of Third Street.

Ceres police were dispatched there for reports of a man firing a handgun into the air in front of the home.

Within two minutes, the first officer arrived at the home and found two men and a woman in front. The officer ordered them to get on the ground, but one man failed to comply and moved quickly to the home's front door, according to Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges. He said the officer chased the man, identified as de Los Rios, and caught up to him at the doorway.

De Los Rios allegedly reached into his waistband and pulled out a handgun, turning toward the officer, who in turn pulled out his own gun, firing at least one shot.

Whether de Los Rios returned fire is still under investigation. Police did not release the name of the officer who fired his gun.

The officer will be placed on paid administrative leave, which is a common procedure in officer-involved shootings.

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