Traffic Stop Turns Violent as Fontana Police Officer Shoots Armed Suspect

Traffic Stop Turns Violent as Fontana Police Officer Shoots Armed Suspect

A routine traffic stop in Yucaipa took a violent turn when a Fontana police officer shot a suspect who was armed and had assaulted his partner. The incident, which occurred on February 9, was captured on body-worn camera footage released by the Fontana Police Department.

The traffic stop began calmly, with two Fontana police officers pulling over a black SUV driven by Alan Metka, 56. The male officer initiated the stop, questioning Metka about a missing front license plate. The conversation took a lighthearted turn as they discussed camping in the snow and Metka’s previous arrest for illegal fireworks.

The male officer asked Metka to step out of the vehicle while his partner, a female officer, conducted a pat-down search for weapons. However, within seconds, chaos erupted as the male officer shouted, “He’s got a gun!” and rushed to his partner’s aid. Metka had put the female officer in a headlock.

In the struggle that ensued, the male officer fired his weapon, striking Metka near the jaw. The video footage released by the Fontana Police Department does not capture the sound of the gunshot, but it shows Metka groaning in pain and blood on the road. A loaded semiautomatic pistol was later recovered from Metka’s pants pocket.

Fontana Police Chief Michael Dorsey confirmed that the officers involved were gang investigators assisting the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Metka, with an extensive criminal history including prior arrests for assault with a deadly weapon, carjacking, robbery, possession of an explosive device, and illegal firearms possession, is now being held at the West Valley Detention Center on multiple charges.

The incident is currently under investigation by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s office. The Fontana Police Department is also conducting a parallel administrative investigation and cooperating fully with the investigating agencies.

CrimeDoor
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2 Responses

  1. Great post! I found the incident you described in Yucaipa to be quite alarming. I would love to hear more about the circumstances leading up to the shooting. Could you provide some additional details about the suspect’s actions and the events that unfolded during the traffic stop?

  2. Wow, this is a really well-written and informative post. The way you’ve described the incident is clear and concise, making it easy for readers to understand what happened. Additionally, you’ve managed to capture the intensity of the situation without sensationalizing it. Great job on providing the necessary details while maintaining a balanced tone. Keep up the good work!

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