After an eight hour standoff, 44 year old Wildomar resident, Eric Clifford Rinderhagen, surrendered to police.
This began around noon and kept the busy corridor of Clinton Keith Road closed until nearly 9:00pm. Thankfully, no one was hurt.
Based on the press release from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, this wasn't the first run in with the Wildomar resident.
This incident kept many local social media pages busy with rumor and innuendo throughout the evening. I know we'd all like real-time updates, especially if we live near the affected areas, but that is only a reality in Hollywood productions.
As it happened in this case, our police did a top job with everyone's safety in mind, no one got hurt, and periodic updates were issued at key periods.Details: (directly from the press release)
On November 26, 2018, detectives assigned to the Wildomar Police Department received information from an allied agency regarding a citizen of the city of Wildomar making threats to kill multiple people related to and acquainted to the suspect, on a specific date. Detectives conducted interviews with potential victims and witnesses and obtained evidence from recorded phone messages and text messages. A threat assessment of the suspect was conducted and based on multiple weapons registered to the suspect, the Riverside County Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team was notified.
On December 20, 2018, at approximately 11:11 A.M., residents living on the 24000 block of Mauri Ct., city of Wildomar, called 911 regarding a male adult standing on a driveway firing a rifle into the air and making threats to neighbors. The suspect identified firing the rifle was confirmed to be the suspect identified in the terrorist threats investigation. The Riverside County Sheriff’s SWAT team was activated and responded to the scene. After several hours, the suspect was taken into custody without injury to him, the public or deputy sheriffs.
The suspect, identified as Eric Clifford Rinderhagen, 44 years old and resident of Wildomar, was interviewed and later arrested for multiple charges of making terrorist threats, negligent discharge of a firearm, stalking and resisting arrest. Mr. Rinderhagen was booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center. There are no other suspects related to this incident and there is no threat to public safety at this time.
This is an active investigation and the Wildomar Police Department would encourage anyone with information regarding this incident to call Lead Investigator Kelleher of the Wildomar Police Department at (951) 245-3300.
Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.
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