Fontana PD officer Joshua Patty shoots at Dunrae Sims, 33

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Mainstream media outlets are reporting about a police shooting in Fontana. According to these reports, police were summoned to the Starbucks on Baseline after a call reporting somebody "suspicious." Evidently, things escalated to the point of the officer, one Joshua Patty, firing his weapon. Fortunately, Mr. Sims was unharmed, as the projectile did not enter his body. Unfortunately, however, Sims now stands accused of attempted murder of a police officer. Police are claiming that they found a knife among Mr. Sims' possessions. Attempted murder is a very serious charge, and when the intended victim is a police officer, penalties are increased substantially. This type of accusation is fairly typical when officers shoot unnecessarily as it helps to deflect criticism of the officer and the department, and debilitates victims' abilities to denounce their aggressors by bogging them down in legal proceedings.

We will follow up as more information becomes available. Until then, we'll share some reports we've uncovered:

Man shot at by police arrested in Fontana
By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
POSTED: 06/14/14, 3:48 PM PDT | # COMMENTS
FONTANA >> A man was arrested after an officer shot at him Saturday, police said.

The officer attempted to speak with a “suspicious subject” about 11:45 a.m. near the northeast corner of Base Line and Americana Way, a couple blocks east of the 15 Freeway, according to a statement from Fontana police.

At some point during the incident, Dunrae Sims, 33, pulled a knife and the officer shot at him, police said. Neither Sims nor the officer were injured, according to police.

Sims was taken into custody without further incident and was to be booked on suspicion of assaulting and attempting to kill a police officer, Fontana police said.

Sims’ booking information was not available online as of Saturday evening.

“The officer is on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete,” the police statement said. “No additional information is available at this time.”

At the scene, police and another person said the incident may have started at a Starbucks in a strip mall there.

Police tape encircled the sidewalk on the north side of Base Line and surrounding grass palm trees as detectives investigated.

A partially opened black pocketknife rested on the sidewalk about 10 yards west of an opened backpack filled with clothes.

The subsequent article reveals the name of the officer, possibly in attempt to comply with the recent Supreme Court ruling in the Long Beach case:

Fontana officer involved in shooting with knife-wielding man identified
By Melissa Pinion-Whitt, San Bernardino Sun
FONTANA -- Fontana police officials this week identified an officer involved in a shooting on Saturday.

Fontana police Officer Joshua Patty approached 33-year-old Dunrae Sims at 11:46 a.m. near the corner of Base Line and Americana Way. Sims allegedly pulled out a knife when the officer approached.

Patty opened fire, but no one was struck.

The officer was placed on paid administrative leave until the completion of the investigation, police said. He has been with the Fontana Police Department since April 2013, said Fontana police spokeswoman Martha Guzman-Hurtado.

Sims was arrested on suspicion of assault and attempted homicide of a peace officer.