Riverside, CA – An armed robber picked the wrong family to point a gun at in a mall parking lot on Saturday night when he tried to rob an off-duty deputy sheriff.
The incident occurred at about 9:45 p.m. on June 1 as the deputy and his family were walking to their car in the parking lot of the Galleria at Tyler, KNBC reported.
Riverside City Police Officer Ryan Railsback said that 25-year-old Victor Ochoa allegedly confronted the deputy and his family at gunpoint and demanded their belongings.
The deputy fired his weapon at Ochoa at least once, The Mercury News reported.
“This attempted armed robbery resulted in a deputy-involved shooting,” Officer Railsback said, according to KNBC.
Multiple people who heard gunfire in the mall parking lot called the police, according to The Mercury News.
The suspect fled in a vehicle after he was shot and drove himself to a hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, KNBC reported.
An officer arrived at the hospital and determined that Ochoa was the suspect in the attempted robbery at the mall.
As soon as the suspect was cleared medically, he was taken into custody by law enforcement.
Ochoa was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center and charged with three counts of attempted armed robbery, The Mercury News reported.
Each count also carried a sentencing enhancement for use of a firearm.
Ochoa’s bail amount was not immediate available, according to The Mercury News.
Police have not said what kind of weapon Ochoa was using when he committed his crimes, nor whether it had been recovered by law enforcement.
Neither the deputy nor his family members were injured in the altercation.
Police have not released the name of the deputy or where he works, The Mercury News reported.
Officer Railsback said the deputy’s department information was being withheld because of the investigation
“He fired his weapon out of fear for his life and his family’s life,” Officer Railsback said. “They’re victims in this.”
Police have not revealed whether the deputy used his department-issued weapon or a personally-owned firearm when he shot Ochoa.