An impending armed attack on a 15-year-old boy was interrupted this week when a Colton police officer confronted the would-be assailants and opened fire, wounding one of them — a 14-year-old boy — in the foot, investigators say.
The incident happened at 10:52 p.m. Tuesday near San Bernardino and Sycamore Avenues, about a mile northwest of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.
“As these guys pull up in a car, they pile out in a group. One or more of them had a knife,” Detective Jack Morenberg said today. “At least one turns toward him and doesn’t heed his command (to drop the knife). The officer opened fire, and he struck one of them.”
Arrested and jailed for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon were 23-year-old Gonzalo Alcazar, 20-year-old Jimmy Alcazar, 18-year-old Christian Palomares, and 18-year-old Manuel Casas, all of Colton, police said. The wounded 14-year-old Colton boy remains in the hospital.
The suspects and the intended stabbing victim apparently had had an earlier argument.
“We believe it had something to do with the sales of narcotics,” Morenberg said.