Pomona man responds violently to police encounter

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While the vast majority of the incidents we document here involve the police using violence against the members of our community, on rare occasions do individuals actually strike back. This is what happened recently in Pomona, a city plagued by a corrupt and violent police force, when after an incident that is not divulged in the press, a man opened fire on the Pomona police station. I hope to find out the rest of the story; as we learn more, we'll post here. Until then, here is the story from the Daily Bulletin:


Man suspected of drunken drive-by shooting at Pomona Police Department
By Brian Day, SGVN , twitter.com/sgvcrime
POSTED: 03/29/12, 9:00 PM PDT | 1 COMMENT
POMONA - A Pomona man was behind bars Friday on suspicion of carrying out a drive-by shooting last week at the Pomona Police Department, authorities said late Thursday.

Nestor Gonzalez, 24, is accused of the March 23 shooting, which targeted the parking facility of the Pomona Police Department, 490 W. Mission Blvd., according to Pomona police Sgt. Patrick O'Malley. He was arrested Wednesday after five days of investigation.

Last week's shooting took place shortly before 7:30 p.m., the sergeant said.

Gonzalez drove a green Chevrolet Camaro by the Pomona Police Department and fired several rounds at the Police Parking Facility, O'Malley said.

Six cars belonging to police employees were struck by the gunfire, which also endangered homes near the police station, O'Malley said.

The Camaro was not found and the shooter remained at large until Wednesday, when detectives identified Gonzalez as a suspect, searched his home and car and arrested him in connection with the crime, O'Malley said. The gun believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered from Gonzalez's home.

He was booked on suspicion of shooting at unoccupied vehicles and occupied dwellings, felony vandalism and other charges, officials said.

Gonzalez was drunk and enraged over a previous contact with police when he carried out the shooting, O'Malley said.

"Alcohol was a major factor in the shooting," he added.

"Thankfully, no one at the police department or in the adjacent residences was injured as a result of this incident," O'Malley said.

According to county booking records, Gonzalez was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail pending a scheduled arraignment Monday in Pomona Superior Court.


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