Driver fleeing from CHP shoots self at end of pursuit in Ontario

Driver fleeing from CHP shoots self at end of pursuit in Ontario

One man dead following La Quinta homicide, person of interest hospitalized

LA QUINTA, Calif.- – One man is dead following a La Quinta homicide at a residence on the 54700 block of Avenida Vallejo. Homicide detectives have taken over the scene. A person of interest, later identified as Stacy Rowan of La Quinta, was involved in pursuit with California Highway Patrol which ended in Ontario, California.

Once the pursuit ended, Rowan was transported to an area hospital for a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The vehicle he was driving, a blue 2005 Toyota Tundra, is registered to Michael J. Mcgrath and Paula M. McGrath of La Quinta. 

Man Sought in Riverside County Homicide Shoots Himself After Pursuit Ends in Ontario: Officials

Rowan's house caught on fire several hours after law enforcement arrived on scene, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The fire was put out shortly before 1 p.m. 

Suspect in La Quinta slaying shoots himself at end of pursuit in Ontario

Units from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and Cal Fire are on the scene. One person was transported from the scene in an ambulance. 

According to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, the death investigation is an isolated incident, and there is no threat to public safety. 

People are advised to avoid the intersection of Avenida Portero and Calle Potrero. The incident was reported at 8:11 a.m. 

A resident living in the neighborhood of the investigation told KESQ News Channel 3 & CBS Local 2 that this morning he heard screaming, and saw a woman in the street with an apparent gunshot wound to the arm. The neighbor, Jose Maciel, assisted the injured woman, giving her his shirt to help wrap the wound. 

#LaQuintaPD Active death investigation within the 54700 block of Avenida Vallejo, active investigation, further information to follow. Active investigation

A KESQ & CBS Local 2 news team is on the scene. Stay with us for the latest updates on this developing story.

A man believed responsible for shooting two people in La Quinta — one fatally — on Thursday, Sept. 13, led law enforcement on a pursuit from the desert to Ontario before turning a gun on himself, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

Stacy Rowan, 56, of La Quinta, survived the suicide attempt and was expected to be booked into jail after his condition improves, the Sheriff’s Department said.

The California Highway Patrol investigate a vehicle pursuit, which started in La Quinta, that ended on Inland Empire Blvd. just east of Archibald Ave. in Ontario Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The driver shot himself in the vehicle as law enforcement approached the vehicle. This started as an (assault with a deadly weapon) in the La Quinta area in Riverside County, said CHP Officer Marcelo Llerana. Condition of the suspect is unknown at this time. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

The California Highway Patrol investigate a vehicle pursuit, which started in La Quinta, that ended on Inland Empire Blvd. just east of Archibald Ave. in Ontario Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The driver shot himself in the vehicle as law enforcement approached the vehicle. This started as an (assault with a deadly weapon) in the La Quinta area in Riverside County, said CHP Officer Marcelo Llerana. Condition of the suspect is unknown at this time. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

The California Highway Patrol investigate a vehicle pursuit, which started in La Quinta, that ended on Inland Empire Blvd. just east of Archibald Ave. in Ontario Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The driver shot himself in the vehicle as law enforcement approached the vehicle. This started as an (assault with a deadly weapon) in the La Quinta area in Riverside County, said CHP Officer Marcelo Llerana. Condition of the suspect is unknown at this time. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

The California Highway Patrol investigate a vehicle pursuit, which started in La Quinta, that ended on Inland Empire Blvd. just east of Archibald Ave. in Ontario Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The driver shot himself in the vehicle as law enforcement approached the vehicle. This started as an (assault with a deadly weapon) in the La Quinta area in Riverside County, said CHP Officer Marcelo Llerana. Condition of the suspect is unknown at this time. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

The California Highway Patrol investigate a vehicle pursuit, which started in La Quinta, that ended on Inland Empire Blvd. just east of Archibald Ave. in Ontario Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The driver shot himself in the vehicle as law enforcement approached the vehicle. This started as an (assault with a deadly weapon) in the La Quinta area in Riverside County, said CHP Officer Marcelo Llerana. Condition of the suspect is unknown at this time. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

The California Highway Patrol investigate a vehicle pursuit, which started in La Quinta, that ended on Inland Empire Blvd. just east of Archibald Ave. in Ontario Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The driver shot himself in the vehicle as law enforcement approached the vehicle. This started as an (assault with a deadly weapon) in the La Quinta area in Riverside County, said CHP Officer Marcelo Llerana. Condition of the suspect is unknown at this time. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

The California Highway Patrol investigate a vehicle pursuit, which started in La Quinta, that ended on Inland Empire Blvd. just east of Archibald Ave. in Ontario Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The driver shot himself in the vehicle as law enforcement approached the vehicle. This started as an (assault with a deadly weapon) in the La Quinta area in Riverside County, said CHP Officer Marcelo Llerana. Condition of the suspect is unknown at this time. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

The California Highway Patrol investigate a vehicle pursuit, which started in La Quinta, that ended on Inland Empire Blvd. just east of Archibald Ave. in Ontario Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The driver shot himself in the vehicle as law enforcement approached the vehicle. This started as an (assault with a deadly weapon) in the La Quinta area in Riverside County, said CHP Officer Marcelo Llerana. Condition of the suspect is unknown at this time. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Expand The incident began about 7:50 a.m. with a report of an assault with a deadly weapon at a home in the 54-700 block of Avenida Vallejo, where deputies found a man shot to death and a woman with what was described as a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Their identities were not immediately announced.

The suspect could not be found near the scene, but a sheriff’s deputy spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s traveling west on the 10 Freeway in Banning. That touched off a pursuit that included the California Highway Patrol.

The suspect drove nearly 50 miles to the area of Inland Empire Boulevard and Archibald Avenue in Ontario, where he stopped. The driver then shot himself, a sheriff’s news release said. Officers pulled the driver from the vehicle, and paramedics took him to a hospital.

Meanwhile, the house where detectives were investigating the shooting caught fire, prompting an evacuation of nearby residences. Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department is conducting an arson investigation, and no additional details on the fire were released Thursday.

A person by the same name as the suspect, Stacy Rowan, failed to show up for a court hearing in Indio on Thursday, and a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to Superior Court records. In that case, the defendant, a felon, faces seven felony charges: three counts of a felon and addict in possession of a firearm, two counts of possession of a destructive device without a permit, one count of possession of an assault weapon and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Also, a person named Stacy Rowan sued the Sheriff’s Department in 1995, accusing two deputies of causing him injuries, according to court records. The lawsuit appears to have been dropped that year.

The address listed for Rowan on the lawsuit is in the same block of Avenida Vallejo as the home where Thursday’s homicide occurred.


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