Officer involved shooting at Harrah’s Rincon Casino

VALLEY CENTER (CNS) – Authorities today released the name of a 25-year-old man jailed on suspicion of attempted murder for allegedly trying to run over deputies in a stolen pickup truck in front of Harrah's Rincon Casino.

Joe Hernandez was taken into custody Thursday afternoon at the gaming resort in rural Valley Center, according to San Diego County sheriff's Sgt. Daniel Deese.

Deputies were conducting surveillance on a stolen pickup located in the casino's parking lot when Hernandez approached the vehicle and got behind the wheel around 1:15 p.m., Deese said. He then allegedly accelerated in reverse directly toward three deputies who were attempting to detain him.

One of the deputies was struck by the truck, prompting the other deputies to open fire on Hernandez, Deese said, adding that the injuries inflicted by the vehicle were minor.

No one was injured by the gunfire, after which Hernandez allegedly drove the pickup over a landscaped median, then bailed on foot after the vehicle became stuck on a roadside hedge.

Hernandez ran to a nearby residential area but was captured a short time later, according to Deese, who said he was booked into the Vista jail on suspicion of attempted murder, assault and theft.

There were no interruptions in the resort's casino or hotel operations as a result of the incident.

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