Man fatally shot by officers in Temecula identified as John Armes of Fallbrook

TEMECULA – Riverside County Coroner’s Office has identified the parolee as John Armes, 29, of Fallbrook.

On Monday, Feb. 11, at 12:35 p.m., officers from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Office of Correctional Safety, Fugitive Apprehension Team in conjunction with the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force were in the 40200 Block of Mimulus Way, Temecula. The officers were attempting an arrest of a parolee at large wanted for assault with a deadly weapon, stated Deputy Albert Martinez in a release.

The officers attempted to stop Armes who was an occupant of a taxi cab for hire. While the officers were making contact with Armes, the taxi driver exited the vehicle at which time Armes took control of the cab. He then collided with an unmarked law enforcement vehicle and then exited the taxi cab. At this time, an officer involved shooting occurred.

Armes was transported to Inland Valley Medical Center where he succumbed to injuries. The involved officer was transported to a local hospital and treated for a non-life-threatening injury.

Investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Central Homicide Unit responded to the scene. The officer’s name is being withheld at this time.

This is an active, ongoing investigation. Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Investigator Peters at the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777.

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TEMECULA – A parolee wanted on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon was shot today in Temecula when law enforcement personnel tried to arrest him on a warrant, a Riverside County sheriff’s spokesman said.

The shooting was reported at 12:35 p.m. in the 40000 block of Mimulus Way. Officers from the California Department of Corrections and Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force were trying to take the parolee into custody, ”and during the arrest an officer-involved shooting occurred,” Deputy Albert Martinez said.

The parolee — whose name was not immediately released — was transported to a local hospital, but Martinez didn’t know the man’s condition. He said the officer or officers involved in the shooting weren’t from the sheriff’s department.

No other injuries were reported.

31 Responses to "Man fatally shot by officers in Temecula identified as John Armes of Fallbrook"

  1. cj moore   February 11, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    This happened across the street from my school that’s crazy…

  2. Sam   February 12, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    The shooter was originally from Rainbow, which is just south of Temecula. Unfortunately, from the first time I met him at 13 he was troubled. And, continued to be the "bad" kid in our little community. I’m saddened that he couldn’t reform, and send prayers to his family.

  3. jimmy   February 12, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    to me it seems like they are covering up something he will be deeply missed I loved my cousin

  4. FuHS 02'   February 12, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Did he go to fallbrook high?

  5. Pessimistic   February 12, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I have been told, by a reliable source, that Armes was the suspect in this assault and was pending yet another prison term after being convicted for it…

  6. Ruth   February 12, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Sam, who are you saying is the shooter? I thought the police officer was the shooter.

  7. friend   February 13, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Rip jc crazy:(

  8. Citizen and Vet   February 13, 2013 at 11:08 am

    So pesimistic, are you saying that this is the same guy that was the person of interest in the unprovoked attack on the individual that is pictured in this article??

    Wow, "live and die by the sword" seems to be a common theme throughout history…

  9. Friend2   February 13, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I knew JC in high school at Fallbrook High and yes he had some problems but he also was a loyal friend, had great jokes and a big smile. If anyone is in contact with his family and knows if they will be having an open burial please share.

  10. Chelsey   February 13, 2013 at 11:57 am

    People need to remember that JC had a family too and they are grieving. Whatever lead to this event (lifestyle etc.) shouldn’t be brought up at this moment as his family and friends lost someone. Please remember there are always victims of a situation like this.

  11. Reality Checker   February 13, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    The cabbie left the keys in? WTH? Well, at least this saves us the tax dollars for his defense atty. A bullet is a lot cheaper.

  12. grunt   February 13, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    @reality checker – what you would take the time (sec’s only I know) to turn off the cab and then bail out? Nope, he got away which was his duty to his family.

  13. autumn   February 13, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    jc was my friend,i send my respect to his family. jc was one of a kind,i think that everyone that knew him will agree,whatever his lifestyle was, he was still the same person,he was one loyal friend. i think if u dont have anything nice to say. then why even take up space. he still has a family and friends. you will be missed Jc…..

  14. jimmy   February 13, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I am his cousin keep your stupid comments to yourself I love him and nothing will bring him back or have closer to this so be respectful for my family and keep your stupid comments to yourself

  15. Crystal   February 13, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    No matter what his lifestyle is, no one deserves to die like that, thoughts and prayers to his family and friends- I know some people that know him and its just a horrible situation- no matter how much a friend or family member has messed up, NO ONE deserves this result- may he rest in peace

  16. Fuhs   February 13, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    What year did John graduate I can’t find him in yearbooks from 98-02.

  17. PECHANGA T   February 13, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I dont blame you bro for refusing to go down because you didnt deserve all that time they were coming at you with. A couple of unfortunate situations and they wanted to rob you of your life for it and thats exactly what they did yesterday. REST IN PEACE BROTHER.

  18. Pessimistic   February 13, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Yep, no one deserves to die like that, Crystal. Nor does anybody deserve to be: The victim was knocked unconscious, and as a result of the battery, the victim sustained serious facial injuries and a fractured bone in his leg. ; or the officer driving the car he intentionally rammed (potentially causing permanent disabling injuries). Where do YOU draw the line?

  19. Reality Checker   February 13, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Still glad I don’t have to fork out tax dollars to feed, house, treat, entertain, and defend him in court. In my opinion, he asked or it and got it. No person that makes those kinds of poor decisions deserves to be part of society.

  20. Summer   February 13, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    It does not surprise me that his life would end in gun fire

  21. Check it out   February 13, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    You reap what you sew.

  22. Chelsey   February 14, 2013 at 12:21 am

    I hope people will see through the BS and know a human life, a son, a brother, cousin, friend was lost regardless. RIP J. You were and are loved by many. I pray you are at peace and that we who loved and cared about you can find some peace as well knowing you are in a better place.

  23. Cat   February 14, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Let me get this right he was a Parolee at large wanted for assault with a deadly weapon and his so called friends don’t think he deserved this? Why should I a tax payer pay to let this thug live in our community. To his friends why did you not try to help him get his life back in order..

  24. Wilby   February 14, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Comment #14 it’s a free world and all comments are welcome. I would say your cousin set himself up to be killed. This obviously wasn’t his first rodeo with the cops.

  25. ....   February 14, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    JC – Karma is a B****, aint it? Glad to see you went down.

  26. Cat   February 15, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Village news why did you take this article off

    This story is still on the website. It just rolled off the very front page – as all stories do when new stories are gradually posted. To view this particular story, go to “Sections” on the tool bar – select “Local” and scroll down through all recent stories – for more – hit “View Archives” at the bottom. It’s there.

  27. WOW   February 16, 2013 at 8:36 am

    To Cat, What are you talking about, was he collecting welfare while hiding from the cops?

  28. Cat   February 16, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Thank you

  29. SdMama   February 16, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Jc was the most Wonderful Uncle to my son, he loved him very deeply. He will be truly missed everyday!

  30. jr   February 16, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Is there a memorial for him or something w friends and fam to show love and respect?

  31. ..   February 17, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Live Oak Park, noon today.


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