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

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

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

LA QUINTA, Calif.- – The identity of the suspect in a homicide at a La Quinta residence early Thursday morning confirmed by Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Stacy Rowan, 56, of La Quinta is suspected in the death of a man found inside a home on the 54700 block of Avenida Vallejo in La Quinta. Rowan led California Highway Patrol officers on a pursuit which ended in Ontario. After stopping, witnesses said they heard officers order the suspect to get out of the truck and then heard one gunshot. Rowan was transported to an area hospital for a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He will be booked into a Riverside County Jail for homicide after his condition improves.

Identity of La Quinta homicide suspect released

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.

At around 9 a.m., investigators confirmed there was an active death investigation in the residence. 

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

In the midst of a death investigation in the #LaQuinta Cove, the house neighbors say the investigation is happening is now on fire. pic.twitter.com/f4PatixPET

On July 30, the La Quinta Police Department arrested Rowan after officers discovered several firearms he was in illegal possession of. Officers also discovered materials consistent with explosives. Officers were originally called for a family disturbance at a home 54700 block of Avenida Vallejo.

Weapons found inside the home following Rowan's arrest on August 3 Weapons found inside the home following Rowan's arrest on August 3

According to court documents, Rowan was previously convicted of a felony and is not allowed to own or possess firearms or explosives. He was due in court today on a seven-count felony indictment stemming from his July arrest. 

According to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, the death investigation is an isolated incident. Homicide detectives have taken over the scene.

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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